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The Pacific Garbage Patch Is Much Bigger Than Previously Thought — And Growing

Surface sampling and aerial surveys conducted over a 14-month period in 2015 and 2016, as well as computer modeling, show the patch is four to 16 times bigger than previous calculations.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration