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The Great Pacific Garbage patch is an accumulation of waste from decades of littering. It is caused by human error; lack of recycling and taking care of our environment in the ways we should. The garbage patch is 1.6 million square kilometers, located in the waters of the West Coast of North America to Japan.
The EPA estimates that more than 100,000 marine mammals die each year from ingesting or entanglement with floating debris. The less we recycle, the more habitats we must take from animals to use more natural resources. With this, the machines used to obtain these resources creates pollution in the air of both human and animal habitats. Not recycling leads to pollution, pollution leads to toxic chemicals being in the air we breathe, food we eat, and water we drink. These pollutants also contribute to the acidification of ocean water and the increased water temperature, both of which have a destructive impact on coral growth and may eventually lead to complete devastation of the reefs if we do not act quickly.