Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Ben Lecomte started The Vortex Swim, a 300 nm solo stage swim in June 2019 through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a Gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N to 42°N. The patch extends over an indeterminate area, with estimates ranging very widely depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area.

The area is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Despite its size and density, the patch is not visible from satellite photography, since it consists primarily of suspended particulates in the upper water column. Since plastics break down to ever smaller polymers, concentrations of submerged particles are not visible from space, nor do they appear as a continuous debris field. Instead, the patch is defined as an area in which the mass of plastic debris in the upper water column is significantly higher than average.

Synonyms

North Pacific Garbage Patch, Pacific Trash Vortex

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