National Geographic explains:
gyre is a circular ocean current formed by the Earth’s wind patterns
and the forces created by the rotationof the planet. The area in the
center of a gyre tends to be very calm and stable. The circular motion
of the gyre draws in debris. Debris eventually makes its way into the
center of the gyre, where it becomes trapped and builds up. A similar
garbage patch exists in the Atlantic Ocean, in the North Atlantic Gyre.
“Plastic products can be very harmful to marine life in the gyre. For instance, loggerhead sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. And many marine mammals
and birds, such as albatrosses, have become strangled by the plastic
rings used to hold six-packs of soda together… As microplastics and
other trash collect on the surface of the ocean, they block sunlight
from reaching plankton and algae below.”
Dead Albatross by Chris Jordan – where disposable lighters end up
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