Scripps Institute of Oceanography on Expedition to Study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Some time ago we posted an article about the Texas-sized patch of plastic and other debris in the north Pacific called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The debris field has accumulated in the North Pacific Gyre, a massive, swirling whirlpool of water created by the high pressure system of trade and westerly winds.

I just posted an update to the story highlighting a research expedition by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography that started last weekend to study the exact nature of the debris field, its multiple sources, and the effect is has on the ocean ecosystem and global food chain. Read the full article at

Featured image credit: Clearwaters Photo, courtesy flickr

Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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