Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

An ocean gyre is a circular area created by Earth’s spin and ocean currents. The Pacific Ocean gyre is located between California and Hawaii. In 2015, researchers discovered this gyre had grown to be 3 times the size of France, or 617,763 square miles, weighing 90,000 tons. It’s growing at a rapid pace. The problem is the gyres accumulate trash floating in the ocean. Plastics especially, that can take extremely long to break down but then create another problem. Ocean life feeds on these small plastic pieces and people feed on them.