New Model Can Track Movement Of Giant 'Garbage Patches' On Ocean Surfaces

September 3, 2014 12:27 PM

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New Model Can Track Movement Of Giant 'Garbage Patches' On Ocean Surfaces

There are at least five big patches of garbage floating around the planet's oceans and some are as big as the state of Texas, scientists said in a new study, published Tuesday in the journal Chaos. And now, there's an algorithm to track their movements.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales, or UNSW, in Sydney, Australia, described a mathematical model to determine which countries are contributing the most to the garbage patches, each of which is located in the center of large, circular ocean currents called gyres that suck in and trap...

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