Great Pacific Garbage Patch weighs more than 43,000 cars and is much larger than we thought
What weighs more than 43,000 cars and is twice the size of Texas? The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A new analysis, published Thursday in Scientific Reports, reveals the makeup of this massive collection of floating trash in the North Pacific in a way that’s never been done before. According to the study, the patch weighs 87,000 tons — 16 times more than previous estimates — and contains more than 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic.