Pollution In Our Oceans
Plastics that get littered will end up eventually end up in oceans, after weather blows it into rivers, that may flow in oceans
Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has millions of tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean, specifically from the waters of the West Coast of North America to Japan.
Although the name implies that there is a big patch of garbage in the ocean, most of the plastics have been broken down into micro-plastics, which are so small that they can barely be seen by the human eye . The debris mixed with the ocean water creates a cloudy soup. Recently scientists discovered that more than 70% of microplastics sink to the bottom of the ocean, leaving a large trash heap and destroying marine habitats .
Because much of the debris that ends up in the ocean is not biodegradable, the little plastics end up in the oceans for millions of years, leaving fish and other sea life to consume it. As the food chain progresses, we end up eating these fish and getting plastic in our systems.
Learn more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch here.