The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The great pacific garbage patch is something which has only developed over the last fifty years. What it consists of is a large amount of waste, mainly plastic, which has somehow reached the ocean.

This patch of garbage is spread out over thousands of kilometres, mostly low in concentration, and it represents one of the worst cases of littering on the planet. It is likely causing tremendous damage to the ecology in the ocean, and the fact that there are similar things occurring in the Atlantic, and most other oceans.

It has formed as a result of ocean currents, which have managed to contain and concentrate plastic within a specific geographical area, potentially causing tremendous harm to the wildlife in the area. It demonstrates the huge risks associated with us not having a widespread, comprehensive policy to deal with waste and protect our environment.