About 15 years after first discovering the great Pacific garbage patch, Capt. Charles Moore returned in 2014 and discovered that semi-permanent islands…Read More »
made of ropes, buoys and other detritus were forming in the region. Less «
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Here, an up-close look at the "Shark Island" (so named because of its appearance). Buoys, anchors and ropes washed to sea when the 2011 Japanese Tsunami…Read More »
inundated aquaculture boats may have formed the island, researchers hypothesize. Less «
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Moore first discovered the trash while returning from a yacht race in 1997. Here, a gas tank bobs in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
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In a new expedition, Moore's team has found plastic debris in places they didn't expect to.
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Trawling for trash
Credit: Sea Education Association
A scientist on another expedition trawls for trash in the ocean.
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Credit: Erik Zettler, SEA
Past research has found that a secret world of microbes and microorganisms lives on the plastic detritus in the ocean. Here, scientist Greg Boyd (from…Read More »
a separate expedition) shows the sea life that has colonized foam floats. Less «
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A 2014 paper found that the ocean plastic is mysteriously disappearing, possibly because it is being carried deep into the ocean, like this trash bag found…Read More »
deep below an underwater canyon off the coast of Monterey, California. Less «
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Tia has interned at Science News, Wired.com, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.