Island of Trash

Oversize Garbage Patch Poisons the Pacific

An unmeasurable patch of garbage in an isolated area of the Pacific is growing larger every day, reports The New York Times. One of at least five known liquid landfills in the world, the patch is full of light bulbs, bottle caps, toothbrushes, popsicle sticks, and plastics—all sliced into tiny particles. Located 1,000 miles northeast of Hawaii, the patch is roughly twice the size of Texas, and doubling in size every decade.