The Arctic Ocean May Soon Have Its Very Own ‘Garbage Patch’

A 2013 Arctic Ocean expedition found plastic “was abundant and widespread” in the waters east of Greenland in the Barents Sea, off the coasts of northern Russia and Scandinavia.

Published On 04/19/2017
2:17 PM EDT
While plastic debris was scarce in most of the Arctic waters, it reached high concentrations in areas of the Greenland and Barents Seas. | Andres Cozar
The research vessel Tara skimmed waters around the Arctic Circle. | Tara Expeditions Foundation