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What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?

What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch? | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A huge sea of plastic trash is swirling in the North Pacific — part of an even broader plastic plague that's growing in oceans worldwide.
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sadly - it is not a good place...

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Mystery of why the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is getting colder might finally be solved

The bottom of the Pacific Ocean is actually cooling down. How is this possible? The answer is proof that Earth's systems operate on long timescales.
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so many mysteries  remain - and then time to step off planet...

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Millions of people inhabit this 'hidden continent' that's 94% underwater

Millions of people inhabit this 'hidden continent' that's 94% underwater | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Earth is usually said to have six or seven continents, depending whether you separate Eurasia into Europe and Asia. While everyone may not agree on where to draw the lines, however, at least the basic layout of landmasses is set in stone, so to speak. Continents do merge and break apart over time, but the process is so slow they've barely seemed to budge throughout human history.

Nonetheless, one plucky little continent managed to hide under our noses until fairly recently. Many scientists now believe Earth has a long-overlooked seventh (or eighth) continent, identified as "Zealandia" in a 1995 study, covering about 1.9 million square miles (4.9 million square kilometers). That's more than half the size of Australia, or roughly big enough to hold seven Texases.

How did we miss something so big? To our credit, it was hiding in something even bigger: the Pacific Ocean.
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sometimes they find new planets - and sometimes a new continent - like this one...

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