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The great Pacific garbage patch is even trashier than we thought

The ocean is flooded with plastic.

tangled nets suspended on crane

'Ghost nets' like these make up nearly half of the plastic found in the great Pacific garbage patch—an area of the ocean where plastic tends to accumulate.

The Ocean Cleanup

Plastic is everywhere, from our homes and everyday lives all the way up to the illusorily pristine Arctic. The oceans are no exception—our high seas are accumulating plastic just as fast as we can push it out into the world.

In a new in , researchers found that the contains 16 times more plastic than previous estimates showed, and it seems to be increasing over

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