An Aerial Survey of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

An aerial survey of the great pacific garbage patch (a wind-driven, swirling gyre of flotsam in the Northern Pacific Ocean) has revealed that the density of rubbish in the heart of the garbage patch is far worse than previously believed. The survey, carried out by the Ocean Cleanup — an organization that is partly funded by the Dutch government — also threw up a disturbing find — a large chunk of the trash in the region is now composed of visible garbage such as fishing nets and plastic containers, suggesting that the concentration of large debris may have been heavily underestimated.  For more information go to