The Garbage Patch: Pollution in our Oceans - a 2Learn.ca special edition
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Marine Garbage Patches
Ocean Pollution
Gyres and Currents
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CBC: World's Oceans Threatened by Floating Trash site description for CBC: World's Oceans Threatened by Floating Trash
This map from the CBC takes a look at the five major gyres in the world and the top 10 kinds of trash found in the oceans. 
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/ocean-garbage/

 
Diver Encounters a Floating Garbage Patch site description for Diver Encounters a Floating Garbage Patch
This is a video from Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's Ocean Portal website. It shows a diver encountering (close up) a floating garbage patch in Belize.  
http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-videos/diver-encounters-floating-garbage-patch

 
Fishing for Plastic: Science in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch site description for Fishing for Plastic: Science in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
This article describes some of the scientific research done in the ocean garbage patches and provides some tips on how we can reduce our own impact on the ocean. 
http://ocean.si.edu/blog/fishing-plastic-science-great-pacific-garbage-patch

 
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch site description for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Watch to learn about the Great Pacific garbage patch, located in the North Pacific Ocean. How are these garbage patches, where marine debris has gathered in patches, formed? 
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/noaa-interactive-25/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch-ocean-today/

 
Great Pacific Garbage Patch site description for Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The National Geographic offers these photos of garbage from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, how it was discovered and a discussion about who is responsible for the clean up. 
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/?ar_a=1

 
TED: The seas of plastic site description for TED: The seas of plastic
In this 7 minute video, Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an endless floating waste of plastic trash. He describes the growing problem of plastic debris in our seas. 
http://ed.ted.com/lessons/captain-charles-moore-on-the-seas-of-plastic

 
Greenpeace: The Trash Vortex site description for Greenpeace: The Trash Vortex
This article from Greenpeace, describes pollution's negative effects on the health of our oceans, citing the Pacific Garbage Patch as an example. How is plastic hurting wildlife, both directly and indirectly (as a toxin)? 
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/oceans/pollution/trash-vortex

 
Trash on the Spin Cycle (video) site description for Trash on the Spin Cycle (video)
In this video, you can join Jean-Michel Cousteau as he and his team investigate trash on the Kure Atoll and in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 
http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/video/gyre
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