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The Trash Patch In The Pacific Is Many Times Bigger Than We Thought

In total, scientists say there are about 79,000 tons of plastic in this area, which is more than double the size of Texas.
Trash and assorted garbage collected from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has up to 16 times more plastic in it than previously thought. Source: UniversalImagesGroup

Between California and Hawaii, there's a teeming patch of garbage that's stretched over an area more than double the size of Texas.

We already knew it was huge. There's a reason it's called the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." But new research has found that there is many times more garbage in this patch than previously thought – 4 to 16 times more than past estimates, according to a paper.

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