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.

114,000 pounds of trash found at uninhabited islands

Meet Boyan Slat, the garbage patch kid

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearing

Tiny monsters haunt the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Want to see an ocean garbage patch in person?

Secret world of ocean garbage patch microbes revealed

Ocean trash reborn as art in Alaska [Photos]

Plastic junk may turn island into Superfund site

10 tips for helping the ocean at home

Great Lakes plagued by tiny plastic beads

A 'great garbage patch' grows in the Great Lakes

Why are people eating their own trash? [Infographic]