This picture shows the hybridization of plastic garbage with marine life - algae and tiny invertebrates have made a home on plastic that has been floating in the North Atlantic for decades. Now scientists say the plastic is disappearing.
You have probably heard about the North Atlantic garbage patch, a region where discarded plastics and other garbage swirl around on the surface of the ocean, imperiling the wildlife who mistake it for plants and eat it. Scientists have found hundreds of starved birds and fish, who died with plastic in their bellies. But a new scientific study shows that the garbage gyre hasn't gotten any bigger, despite existing for over two decades. Where is all the extra garbage going?