Surface Ocean Currents Maps

Garbage patch Gyre known as a vortex of moving water

Wind Direction

Plastic fragments travel by ocean waves, currents, and surface currents and end up on sandy beaches.

Surface currents are generated largely by wind. Their patterns are determined by wind direction, Coriolis forces from the Earth’s rotation, and the position of land forms that interact with the currents. … Salinity variations also plays a role how ocean currents move and or transport plastic fragments from one section of the ocean to another. 

Surface Currents Maps And Atlantic Ocean Currents

The Gyre is a area of the Ocean that is more less liquid plastic soup

Many call this Gyre area a island of trash.

Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch ~ Holding Plastic while Ocean Currents pick up this plastic rubbish affecting marine life. The mass of what is caught in the vortex is largely marine debris like fishing gear, abandoned fishing nets, tiny microplastics, litter, and rubbish tangled together and rotating in ocean currents called gyre’s. 

The patches are in the middle of the ocean where people hardly ever go. The size of this Garbage Patch of microplastic and marine debris is about 1.6 million square kilometers in size, about double the size of Texas. This is not a island and could could float over this area with out even noticing you were above this mass load of floating plastic soup. The five Garbage Patch or “vortex gyres” are located in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean Gyre (flowing clockwise) North Atlantic Gyre, South Atlantic Gyre, and South Pacific Gyre. 

5 Ocean Gyre’s World Pacific Map

Western and Eastern Garbage Patch

We have five oceans and each ocean area have a vortex known as a gyre.

Map above show the 5 gyre’s of our one world ocean. Let the fact be know loads of micro plastic is floating and traveling to beaches waiting for you and I to pick it up before the high tides suck it back into the ocean currents and possible ending up in one of the five gyre’s. Less plastic more ocean is the answer for healthy oceans, humans, and beyond. So many animals affected by pollution its only our duty to lower what humans have caused. 

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