The 7 million ton Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the “Pacific Trash Vortex”, located between the states of Hawaii and California, is expanding day by day, and now is reported to be the twice size of Texas, according to National Geographic.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of trash in the North Pacific Ocean. The garbage spans through the waters of the West Coast of North America to Japan, according to nationalgeographic.org.
The garbage patch is seven million tons and twice the size of Texas. The patch is also up to nine feet deep. For its size, it is impossible for anyone to move it even with high-tech machinery, according to nationalgeographic.org.
The patch is actually comprised of the Western Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Eastern Garbage Patch, located between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California, according to nationalgeographic.org.
The debris is continuously mixed by wind and wave action and widely dispersed both over huge surface areas and throughout the top portion of the water column, explained marinedebris.noaa.gov.
It is possible to sail through the “garbage patch” area and see very little or no debris on the water’s surface. It is also difficult to estimate the size of these “patches,” because the borders and content constantly change with ocean currents and winds, according to marinedebris.noaa.gov.
These areas of spinning debris are linked together by the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, located a few hundred kilometers north of Hawaii. This convergence zone is where warm water from the South Pacific meets up with cooler water from the Arctic, according to nationalgeographic.org.