Loading...The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Loading...By Eoghan,Serena And Hazel
The GPGP is a patch of rubbish and plastic located on the Pacific Ocean
What Is It?
The GPGP is the biggest of 5 ocean patches
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers a distance of 1.6 million km squared
Where is it?
It is located between Hawaii and California
It's located here!
About the GPGP
The patch can vary over time depending on the time of year
The patch was found in 1997 by Charles Moore
To biodegrade plastic undergoes a process called photo-degradation,where it decays when exposed to sunlight then it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.
Sea Turtles often confuse plastic for Food like jellyfish.
Plastic accounts for around 76% of a sea turtles diet
1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are effected each year
The Clean Up
Models show that a full-scale cleanup could clean 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just five years. After fleets of systems are deployed into every ocean gyre, combined with source reduction, The Ocean Cleanup projects to be able to remove 90% of ocean plastic by 2040.