The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Slideshow)

The swirling mass of plastic soup in the Pacific Ocean, known by a handful of names -- the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, North Pacific Gyre, Trash Vortex, and Plastic Graveyard among them -- has been gaining notoriety lately, for all the wrong reasons.

Thanks to the good work by groups like the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, we're learning more about what's really out there, and how to stop it from clogging the ocean. Take a tour and get up close and personal in this slideshow.

Tags: Animals | Oceans | Plastics

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