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Hidden, a 3.5 Million Trash Heap Lies in the Ocean

(From abcnews.go.com)- The world”s largest trash dump doesn”t sit on some barren field outside an urban center. It resides thousands of miles from any land — in the Pacific Ocean. Bottle caps, soap bottles, laundry baskets and shards of plastic are just a few things that float in the ocean”s vastness.

Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the “dump” is composed mainly of plastic, which isn’t biodegradable.

“I found 26 pieces of plastic, all different colors inside one stomach,” said marine researcher Christiana Boerger.

Birds also are making a meal of the plastic, and large quantities have been found in their stomachs.


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