- A floating device designed to collect plastic waste from the Great Pacific garbage patch has been re-deployed.
- The device, developed by the Netherlands-based engineering NGO Ocean Cleanup was first deployed in 2018. However, during the first run, the device broke under constant waves and wind.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as Pacific trash vortex is a gyre of marine litter. It is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world.
- It is located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, between Hawaii and California. It covers an estimated surface area of 1.6 million square kilometres
- The Great Pacific garbage patch formed gradually as a result of marine litter gathered by rotating ocean currents called gyres.
- The gyre’s rotational pattern draws in waste material from across the North Pacific. As the litter gets captured in the currents, wind-driven surface currents gradually move debris toward the centre, thus trapping it.
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