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World's Largest Landfill

the world's largest landfill is, in fact... In the Pacific Ocean..?
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Paige Bohannon

on 14 April 2010

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The
World's
Largest
Landfill the world's largest landfill contains millions of pounds of garbage and is two times the size of Texas. Where is it?
...
The Pacific Ocean. How did it happen? In the ocean, there are water currents all over the place. The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, which lies smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, began to accumulate trash decades ago, and has amassed so much that it has been carried into two seperate locations. The Western Garbage Patch is located in between Japan and Hawaii, and the Eastern Garbage Patch is in between Hawaii and California. These two are connected by a small current called the Subtropical Convergence Zone. A study in 2006 shows that water pollution is made up of 90% plastic, and out of the 200 billion lbs of plastic produced by America, 10% goes into water pollution. On further inspection of the Great Pacific Ocean, it was found that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of trash, 70% of which sink into the ocean floor. And what floats? It goes into the current, and may end up in the Garbage Patches. How to prevent these patches? reduce! reuse! recycle! THE END!!! and don't throw your trash in the ocean! ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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