World's Largest Garbage Patch Spreads Over 600,000 sq. MilesWorld's Largest Garbage Patch Spreads Over 600,000 sq. Miles

World’s Largest Garbage Patch Spreads Over 600,000 sq. Miles

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The largest garbage patch in the world, Great Pacific Garbage Patch is taking a mammoth shape, which may prove difficult to eradicate if the necessary steps are not taken immediately.

The great patch is moving with the greatest collection of plastic in between California and Hawaii. The current status of the patch is around 600,000 square miles, which is double the size of Texas.

The garbage is being funneled to a central location with an active contribution from ocean currents and winds. The mammoth size is the prime reason for concern for the people in different genres as this is not only sabotaging the marine life but also gradually affecting the terrestrial life.

The patch is not as solid as rock but has created a wall in the region. It consists of 1.8 trillion plastic pieces and weighs over 88,000 tons, which is equal to 500 jumbo jets. However, the scientists have reevaluated the huge garbage patch and found that the current status is 16 times more than the previous estimates.

During the 1990s, the garbage patch was discovered, which grew over time, offering a threat to the marine and terrestrial life. Also, the people are not ceasing the malpractices, contributing to the situation.

A research was published in March 2018, which clearly stated the researchers are astounded by the huge garbage patch. One of the members of the researchers, Julia Reisser stated the team was under the perception that mostly garbage patch was in small quantities. However, the research had revamped the perception as they had found the mass is bigger than they could have ever imagined. The study was conducted through the mapping over a three-year period by scientists from an international platform involved with cleaning of ocean related functions and some universities.

European Space Agency is planning to take photos of the garbage and it is not clear who is going to clean garbage from international waters.