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If you’ve been following our coverage of the voyage by Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you might (like me) have had a hard time contemplating how wasteful the human race must be on a daily basis to create such a thing.

This artful presentation on The New York Times website gives you a sense. It depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, which is the estimated number of pounds of plastic that enter the world’s oceans every hour.

And yes, there is more to come on the Scripps expedition. Keep checking back.

DAVID WASHBURN

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