More than 20 years ago, scientists studying ocean currents and man-made pollution predicted that floating plastics would get caught in the North Pacific Gyre, an ocean region where currents converge. Today, this swirling vortex of trash is the size of Texas. Join Kojo to find out what this garbage flotilla some 1000 miles off the California coast is teaching us about ecology, biology, and more.


  • David Pawson Marine Biologist; Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Alison Cawood Oceanography Graduate Student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

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