Garbage Patches

Ocean garbage patch 
The term "garbage patch" most often refers to a nebulous, floating junk yard on the high seas. Two of the most famous are the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the more-recently discovered Great Atlantic Garbage Patch.
It's the poster child for a worldwide problem: plastic that begins in human hands yet ends up in the ocean, often inside animals' stomachs or around their necks.

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