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Core of the South Pacific Gyre
Core of the South Pacific Gyre

Core of the South Pacific Gyre

The Core of the South Pacific Gyre is the center of several rotating ocean currents located between Australia and South America. This area, described as one of the planet's "largest oceanic desert", is the site on Earth that's farthest from any continents or productive ocean regions. Unfortunately, scientists confirmed in 2017 the existence of the South Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating mass of plastic debris – much of it microscopic – that spans about one million square miles (1.5 times the size of Texas). This garbage patch is evidence of widespread plastic pollution, and if this trend continues, scientists predict that plastics may outweigh fish by 2050. Fortunately, organizations like The Ocean Cleanup are currently developing advanced technology to sustainably clean up the debris with the goal of undoing the damage done to the Earth's oceans.
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