May/June 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 3 Nature's NatureMay 1, 2016 |

[Wikipedia, or the Late Style of Orpheus]

—Text quoted from Wikipedia article "Great Pacific garbage patch." Text bolded by poet Sam Taylor. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135° to 155°W and 35° to 42°N. The patch extends over a very wide area, with estimates ranging from an area the size of the state of Texas to one larger than the continental United States; however, the exact size is unknown. This can be attributed to the fact that there is no specific standard for determining the boundary between the "normal" and "elevated" levels of pollutants and what constitutes being part of the patch. The size is determined by a higher-than-normal degree of concentration of pelagic debris in the water. Recent data collected from Pacific albatross populations suggest there may be two distinct zones of concentrated debris in the Pacific. The Patch is characterized by exceptionally high conce

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—Text quoted from Wikipedia article "Great Pacific garbage patch." Text bolded by poet Sam Taylor. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre […]

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