The enormous stew of trash – which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers – floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s land between San Francisco and Hawaii.
Even worse, scientists are gloomy about the prospect of ever cleaning up the mess:
“At this point, cleaning it up isn’t an option,” Parry said. “It’s just going to get bigger as our reliance on plastics continues. … The long-term solution is to stop producing as much plastic products at home and change our consumption habits.”
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Oh wait. You’re serious?
Anyway, the Chronicle doesn’t have any pictures of the giant garbage patch, so Pax Arcana hired a sketch artist to depict what a typical piece of floating trash looks like: