The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is created by plastic debris and other trash from around the world that is brought together by ocean currents. The Pacific vortex isn't the only one. The Atlantic and Indian oceans have plastic gyres of their own.
A laughing gull mired in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill struggles against the tide on East Grand Terre Island, LA, six weeks after the rig collapsed in April. Photograph by Charlie Riedel / AP
Six years later, we’re still learning how badly the BP spill damaged the environment