Natural History Magazine —
Natural History Magazine — :
It seemed unbelievable, but I never found a clear spot. In the week it took to cross the subtropical high, no matter what time of day I looked, plastic debris was floating everywhere: bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments. Months later, after I discussed what I had seen with the oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, perhaps the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading expert on flotsam, he began referring to the area as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“eastern garbage patch.Ã¢â‚¬Â But Ã¢â‚¬Å“patchÃ¢â‚¬Â doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t begin to convey the reality. Ebbesmeyer has estimated that the area, nearly covered with floating plastic debris, is roughly the size of Texas.
when the world is more like the waterworld than we thought.