The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an area of marine debris, laying approximately 135° to 155° West and 35° to 42° north. It shifts its exact position every year;it remains within the North Pacific Gyre as it is confined by ocean currents. This Environmental Studies Factsheet explains:
• Problems caused by plastic.
• Photodegradation of plastics.
• Effect on wildlife.

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January 2015


ISSN: 1351-5136

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