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The Ultimate Great Pacific Garbage Patch Quiz
by Staff
Did you know the world's biggest landfill isn't actually on land? It's in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. How did it get there, and what's in this landfill?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is caused by the North Pacific Tropical Gyre. What's a gyre?

  • a spiral of currents in the ocean
  • a series of large waves
  • suction that comes from the ocean floor

If you dragged the Great Pacific Garbage Patch onto dry land, how much territory would it cover?

  • all of England
  • all of Texas
  • all of the United States -- twice

How much trash is currently in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

  • 1 ton (0.91 metric tons)
  • 3.5 tons (3.18 metric tons)
  • 5 tons (4.54 metric tons)

Where does all that garbage come from?

  • seafaring vessels
  • land
  • oil platforms

The Plastiki is like the anti-Garbage Patch. It's an environmentally friendly catamaran built to raise awareness about waste and the ocean. How many plastic bottles will make this boat float?

  • 5,000
  • 9,000
  • 12,000

Nurdles make up 10 percent of the ocean's plastic trash. What is a nurdle?

  • a small piece of plastic
  • a Styrofoam pellet
  • a noodle-shaped marine animal

Nurdles are a threat to marine life because:

  • Animals that swallow them become more buoyant and can't stay underwater.
  • The nurdles contain concentrated toxins that can poison the animals.
  • Animals that eat nurdles think they are full and eventually starve.

Compared to the amount of plastic, how much plankton lives in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

  • 1 pound (.45 kilograms) of plastic to 3 pounds (1.36 kilograms) of plankton
  • 3 pounds (1.36 kilograms) of plastic to 1 pound (0.45 kilograms) of plankton
  • 6 pounds (2.72 kilograms) of plastic to 1 pound (0.45 kilograms) of plankton

How many marine animals die because of trash each year?

  • 75,000
  • 100,000
  • 150,000

What do experts believe is the best way to stop the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from growing?

  • reducing waste on land
  • cleaning the trash out of the ocean
  • nothing -- It's a lost cause.