In the Pacific found garbage island the size of France

In the North Pacific ocean is a giant floating trash with a width of several thousand kilometers. There are floating millions of tons of plastic, and size it with Alaska. Known about it for 30 years, and it has not yet cleared.

Garbage island is the result of ocean currents, the so-called cycles who literally catch the particles that fall into them, and is able to move all in one place. That is all the garbage that is thrown into the North Pacific ocean, collected in one place near the coast of North America.

Now a group of researchers found another spot in the South Pacific ocean, reports Popular Mechanics. It occupies a territory larger than France.

On the eve of the scientists stumbled upon the island in the South Pacific, on the coast which the currents have washed away nearly 20 tonnes of plastic. And soon found and “garbage island”, an area of about one million square kilometers.

A large part of the plastic floating dump – less than a millimeter in size. But still he is a threat to small organisms and can even kill large animals.

Apparently, the second spot is relatively recent. The 2011 expedition to the area found nothing, which means it formed over the past few years.