In the widening gyre the greatest of them have splintered into matchwood.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
Turnig and turning in the widening gyre
A gyre is a big whirlpool that traps and moves the plastic in circles.
Light beacons will alert the two dozen ships which cross the gyre each week to its presence.
Dr Ryan's particular interest was where all the litter came from before it was swept into the gyre.
Much of it joins the Great Pacific garbage patch and spins endlessly, caught in the ocean's currents of the North Pacific gyre.
The system can do little about plastic that has fragmented into microscopic particles, but these make up just 8% of plastic in the gyre.
And I think of those months to make this journey out to Midway slapped in the middle of North Pacific Gyre, what's thought to be the biggest garbage patch in the world's oceans in the moment.