Garbage Patch Pictures

The name might not give you the right direction for a visual impression. Since most plastic particles are very small and most of the garbage floats two feet below the ocean surface, do not expect to find islands of garbage or anything like a large object nor landfill. All kind of plastic items of all kind of sizes float to the middle of a gyre and then stay there. During this journey and over time the plastic breaks into smaller pieces. These pieces are what is often referred to; the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The shocking part is the high concentration of six times the concentration of plankton, which is the most common food for sea live. A large soup of plastic would be the best way to visualize the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and many garbage patches.Please see the visuals at this page about the Great Pacific garbage patch.

GarbagePatch Pictures

1. This page contains frequently used garbage patch pictures:

2. Frequently used and very good quality pictures about the subject of garbage patch pictures are photos of dead birds. Chris Jordan put a collection of pictures together about dead birds and their stomach content. These pictures can be shocking.×24

3. Garbage Patch Pictures of field research at the ocean:

4. Interesting news article with nice hand drawing of a garbage patch

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    • Hi Bethany! Good suggestion. Thank you! Please follow or click on the RSS icon on the homepage. If you are missing blog updates, please visit the pages about facts, pics and movies which will be updated frequently.
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  1. Hi!
    Isn’t having the garbage patches a nice thing in a way, that (if the technology exists) all of the patch can be compacted and cleaned/recycled? Rather than having to use fishing nets.
    We may not be able to rewind time and erase pollution but can see the silver lining!


    • Hi Tapan! Thank you for stopping by. You are true with the exception of the following: Garbage patches are toxic because of the high level of chemicals they contain. Sea animals are getting this poisson in their systems and from there it is a classical food pyramid. Ironically the people who caused the plastic being there are also the ones on the top of the food chain (read you and me). Nothing is impossible but cleaning this is really a challenging task and also expense (not even taken in account that governments already went short). Some sources say it is impossible because of these reasons other come with solutions. Without having a chance to go deep into that, I think only time can tell.

  2. Check out the pictures on We took pictures of the plastic that flows into the ocean from the Tijuana River. When the river dried up in the summer, we walked on plastic that was about 4 feet high! When the rains returned, all of that plastic flowed into the ocean! A three hour cleanup filled up one of the big, trailer-sized dumpsters – but that was only the tip of the iceberg.

    • Nice website Megan! 4 feet is a lot; i checked the pictures on your site. Impressive and sad at the same time. Fantastic that you take all these actions to change the things for better.

  3. All this talk about cleaning it up which is great but why don’t ships just go there and scoop up the garbage instead of creating a system that catches it. Just bring a fine net and drop and scoop and dump into ship and bring back to shore.

    • What you write makes sense. The first barrier is; who will pay the bill?

      Replacing plastics by bio-based alternatives is a 100% working method. In Amsterdam (Netherlands) there is a grocery store that is 100% plastic free. It doesn’t look different. They mention/advertise, otherwise you would not notice.

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