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asked in category: General Last Updated: 10th June, 2020

What is the cause of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

The Garbage Patch is created by the North Pacific Gyre. A Gyre is a system of circulating currents in an ocean, caused by the Coriolis Effect. Over time gyres can spit out debris that accumulates in them and an example of that can be seen on beaches in the Hawaiian Islands that face northeast.

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Just so, what is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and how is it formed?

The Great Pacific garbage patch formed gradually as a result of ocean or marine pollution gathered by ocean currents. It occupies a relatively stationary region of the North Pacific Ocean bounded by the North Pacific Gyre in the horse latitudes.

Additionally, what problems does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch cause? Besides killing wildlife, plastic and other debris damage boat and submarine equipment, litter beaches, discourage swimming and harm commercial and local fisheries. The problem of plastic and other accumulated trash affects beaches and oceans all over the world, including at both poles.

Also question is, where does the garbage in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch come from?

About 54 percent of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia. The remaining 20 percent of debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from boaters, offshore oil rigs, and large cargo ships that dump or lose debris directly into the water.

What can we do about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Six things. - Try to use less single-use disposable plastic. Whether it's bringing a cup to your local coffee place to declining a straw, or keeping reusable grocery bags in your car and using a refillable water bottle at the gym, keeping things out of the waste stream is the best way to stop plastic pollution.

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