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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is almost twice the size of Texas
Located halfway between Hawaii and California, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), is the largest zone for the assemblage of the Ocean plastics on mother Earth.

Nearly 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing a staggering 80,000 metric tons are swimming carefree in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and to rub salt to the injury, these statistics are getting worse exponentially. A team of International scientists affiliated with the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, an aerial sensor company and six universities teamed up and conducted a three year mapping, the findings of which were published in the Scientific Reports Journal.

On a conventional ground these researchers used fine meshed nets mostly less than one meter in size to quantify this problem but this method is said to be highly uncertain because of the very small surface area that it covers.

Furthermore these methods couldn't quantify the magnitude to its complete extent because these nets, however big they were, weren't able to capture objects greater than their size. This only gives us a glimpse of how worse the matter actually might be in the Pacific.

In order to increase the surface area that was to be surveyed and to quantify the huge pieces of plastic, a C-130 Hercules aircraft was fitted with advanced sensors for collecting the multi-spectral imagery and 3D scans of the garbage in the ocean. A total of 1.2 million plastic samples were collected while scanning more than 300 square kilometers of the ocean surface.

Dr Julia Reisser, Chief Scientist of the expeditions said, "We were surprised by the amount of large plastic objects we encountered. We used to think that most of the debris consists of small fragments, but this new analysis shines a new light on the scope of debris."

Since the measuring of this plastic debris began in the 1970s, these scientists say that the amount of debris has been on an exponential increase and if it continues this way then only God knows what are we to witness next.

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