Meet The Scariest Inhabitant Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Quite a few strange ocean critters have made homes for themselves among the trash vortex—millions of small and microscopic pieces of plastic floating over a roughly 5,000 sq km area of the Pacific. Marine biologist Miriam Goldstein has spent years studying these creatures, and recently came across one that alarmed her. » 5/16/14 2:20pm 5/16/14 2:20pm

The Ocean Is Crowded With Tiny Little Bits Of Plastic

The ocean is full of plastic. Not big pieces of plastic, as you've probably heard, but tiny bits of plastic. Microplastic. Plastic that hasn't decomposed, but broken down into small pieces that are incredibly durable. We've found this stuff throughout the world's oceans, at every depth. What kind of environmental… » 5/11/14 9:47am 5/11/14 9:47am

Lies You've Been Told About the Pacific Garbage Patch

You've probably heard of the "Pacific garbage patch," also called the "trash vortex." It's a region of the North Pacific ocean where the northern jet stream and the southern trade winds, moving opposite directions, create a vast, gently circling region of water called the North Pacific Gyre — and at its center, there… » 5/21/12 9:05am 5/21/12 9:05am