We have all heard that there is a swirling mass of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. We know that the bits of plastic are mistaken as food by birds and fish, and that as the plastic breaks down it releases toxic chemicals into the water—chemicals that can eventually turn up on our dinner plates.
What many people still don't know, however, is that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not alone. In fact, there are five such gyres across the world's oceans.
The 5 Gyres project is working to bring researchers to these lesser-known garbage patches—and raise awareness at the same time.
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