Scientists to Begin Great Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup

The area of increased plastic particles is located within the North Pacific Gyre, one of the five major ocean gyres.

(From The Guardian)

A team of scientists and engineers will on Saturday begin an ambitious cleanup of plastics in the Pacific Ocean targeting a stretch of water three times the size of France known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

A 600m-long floating barrier will be launched off the coast of San Francisco and, powered by currents, waves and wind, will aim to collect five tonnes of plastic debris each month.

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