Scientists Watch Ocean Plastic Hotspots Form in Real Time

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Researchers tracked hundreds of buoys deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Not only did the buoys not spread out – many concentrated into an area the size of a football stadium.

The findings may help scientists pinpoint areas for plastic or oil-spill cleanup.

I was at the wheel of a 54ft (16m) research sloop crossing the north Pacific Ocean through the heart of one of the most plastic-polluted parts of the sea, when I spotted my first piece of floating plastic debris.

Pate 6fIt was a shredded corner of a sun-bleached orange fish crate.

Minutes later, I saw a…

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