Great Pacific garbage patches

Great Pacific garbage patches

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Credit: MIKKEL JUUL JENSEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Great Pacific garbage patches. Computer illustration showing the location of the Great Pacific garbage patches: Western Garbage Patch (left) and Eastern Garbage Patch (right). These large rotating ocean currents (gyres) contain marine debris particles and are characterised by exceptionally high concentrations of plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have become trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.

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