The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the biggest trash “island” of the world’s oceans is now twice as big as the state of Texas, meaning approximately 1.55 million square milometers. The patch is located at half the distance between California and Hawaii, in the Pacific Ocean.
According to a study recently published by the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, the most complex on this subject, all garbage is collected by sea currents in a central region. It is not built out of a solid mass, like an island, and includes 88.000 tons of garbage and 1,800 billion pieces.
The study was created by six universities and a company that studied the area from the air.
There are five such garbage patches in the world in all of our oceans but this is the biggest one. Researchers are working with the European Space Agency to photograph these polluted areas from space.