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Recently, scientists have discovered five different floating piles of garbage spread out throughout the worlds’ oceans, located where ocean currents converge. What is becoming known as the ocean garbage patches are really just floating piles of trash composed mostly of tiny plastic pieces about 10mm in size. Scientists, from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, recently found that in the large area known as the North Pacific Garbage Patch, located about 1,000 miles off of California’s coastline, these tiny pieces of plastic are six times more abundant than plankton and that 9.2% of fish in the North Pacific Garbage Patch were found to have plastic inside their stomachs. Click here to find articles, videos, pictures and lesson plans to help you raise awareness around this problem with your students.