Watch the Ocean's Five Islands of Rubbish Waste Form Over the Last 35 Years

By Casey Chan on at

The ocean is filled with alien-looking creatures, a lot of natural beauty and a tonne of trash. There is so much rubbish in the ocean that fully formed patches of our filth have spawned. In this fascinating visualisation, NASA reveals how the ocean’s five islands of garbage came to be. You can see the swirling pattern of the ocean causes a natural gravitation of floating crap, drawing piles towards each other as they settle down in different parts of the world.

NASA explains:

We start with data from floating, scientific buoys that NOAA has been distributing in the oceans for the last 35-year represented here as white dots. Let’s speed up time to see where the buoys go...

...If we let all of the buoys go at the same time, we can observe buoy migration patterns. The number of buoys decreases because some buoys don’t last as long as others. The buoys migrate to 5 known gyres also called ocean garbage patches.

Read more about the five rubbish patches and how they formed here.