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News: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch counts... (The Los Angeles Times) - Behind the headlines

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The Los Angeles Times March 22, 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch counts 1.8 trillion pieces of trash, mostly plastic

Roughly 79,000 metric tons of ocean plastic are floating inside The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a figure up to 16 times higher than previously estimated. This is 1.8 trillion pieces of trash, and plastic makes up 99.9% of this debris.

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Sci Rep MARCH 22, 2018

Evidence that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic

L Lebreton et al

Ocean plastic can persist in sea surface waters, eventually accumulating in remote areas of the world's oceans. Here we characterise and quantify a major ocean plastic ac …

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