But the newer patch in the Arctic is probably driven by deeper ocean movements.
And just like a conveyor belt, this current appears to be dragging trash from the north Atlantic Ocean all the way up to the Arctic.
The Arctic Ocean is accumulating a high concentration of plastic, broken down over time into smaller bits called microplastics - such as those pictured here.
Andrés Cózar Cabañas, lead author on the study and biology professor at the University of Cadiz, said that he was surprised by how much garbage there was in the Arctic water, and expressed concern about the consequences.
A new study published Wednesday in Science Advances found that the Arctic Ocean is accumulating high concentrations of plastics ― specifically in the Greenland and Barents seas.
'The fragmentation and typology of the plastic suggested an abundant presence of aged debris that originated from distant sources'.
He went on to say that industries, households, communities, and countries need to better manage their waste "because once plastic reaches the ocean, its destination and impacts become uncontrollable".
Levels of plastic found east of Greenland and in the Barents Sea off Norway and Russian Federation were far higher than expected for the sparsely populated regions, according to the report showing how man-made pollution extends even to remote parts of the globe.
More young Americans are living with their parents
As the report concludes: "If one theme describes how adulthood has changed over the last 40 years, it is growing complexity". By 2015, just 40.7 percent of young adults were living independently as single or married adults or with a romantic partner.
The report revealed how man-made pollution extends even to remote parts of the globe.
The pathway of plastic through the North Atlantic Ocean was also traced using 17,000 satellite buoys.
Much of the plastic was apparently old and had floated north from Europe and North America.
Polar latitudes were generally considered unlikely candidates as accumulation zones for marine plastic, because the human populations in those regions is very low, and hence can produce only a limited amount of pollution that will make its way to the ocean.
Global warming could open the Arctic to more pollution, partly as the extent of sea ice shrinks.
Northern fulmar birds on the Arctic Svalbard islands north of Norway, for instance, have been found with high levels of plastic in their stomachs from discarded plastic bags, fishing nets and other trash.
In the five big gyres to the south of the Arctic, wind drives currents on the ocean surface.
I will give Sonu Nigam Rs.10 lakh only if he wears a garland of torn shoes and apologizes to all the people in India. However, Quaderi stuck to his demand of an "unconditional public apology" from Nigam for his statements on "Azaan".
Banswara Circle Officer, Bharat Ram Meena said that the FIR was registered on the complaint of the husband. After they were recovered and brought back to the village they were badly thrashed and paraded naked.
He was charged with intentionally inflicting bodily injury - a municipal violation - and is slated to appear in court on May 12. A passenger flying into Kansas City International Airport is facing a citation after attacking an American Airlines pilot.
This is not the first time that Big Boi has collaborated with Killer Mike - they have a long and historied body of work together. One will feature pop singer Adam Levine and Zane Lowe , and will be called " Mic Jack ".
McFarland briefed the president on the failed missile launch. "Hawaii local time April 15", the statement read. The margins represent uncertainty as to whether North Korea has one or two uranium enrichment facilities.
Soccer president Sunil Gulati, the 80-match World Cup would feature 60 matches in the US , 10 in Mexico and 10 in Canada. The next location for the showcase soccer tournament will be Russian Federation in 2018, followed by Qatar in 2022.
The flight had been overbooked, as the airline was trying to make room for four crew members from a sister airline. Now, United is using a pre-flight buffer against similar overbooking incidents. "They should have gone up higher.
The Bruins face an uphill battle if they are to advance past the Senators into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Boston had only five shots in the third, the last two by Brad Marchand, his fifth and sixth of the game.
But things got worse: the Penguins, essentially playing with a man advantage, tied up the game at 3-3 on a Bryan Rust tally. Columbus outshot Pittsburgh in their first two playoff games, and the Blue Jackets had chances to win all three.
He was found by police, partially clothed, after climbing an electric fence and reportedly told police to "shoot me". In a tweet on the Bills' Twitter account , quarterback Tyrod Taylor said, "Sad to hear that [news about Kouandjio]".
N.Korea's Kim stages giant show of military strength
Weapons analysts said they believed some of the missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). At the other end of the spectrum, they looked at the notion of accepting North Korea as a nuclear state.
USA to review 'failed' Iran nuclear deal
Obama argued the deal was narrowly tailored to prevent what he said was the imminent emergence of a nuclear-armed Iran. President Donald Trump, the United States has assumed an openly confrontational stance toward Iran.
American, Russian arrive at space station
She will be occupying the third seat on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft when Mr Yurchikhin and Mr Fischer return to Earth in September. She is expected to receive a congratulatory phone call on Monday from U.S.
Man imprisoned 23 years in girlfriend's slaying is released
Ricky Jackson, convicted of shooting a man during a robbery in 1975, spent over 39 years in prison before being exonerated. A Cleveland , Ohio man who thought he'd be spending the rest of his life in prison will soon know freedom again.
Pence: No negotiations with NK 'at this time'
Mr Pence said: "We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula". Asked if he envisioned direct negotiation between North Korea and the US, Pence said, "Not at this time".
Russian Federation won't condemn Syria chemical attack
The FBI is probing whether Trump's staff engaged in criminal collusion with Russian officials to boost Trump's election chances. Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base that the U.S. says was used to pummel civilians with nerve gas, resulting in 87 deaths.
MPs overwhelmingly vote for snap general election on 8 June
She said: "At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity in Westminster, but instead there is division". And justifying her change of mind, she has argued a vote is needed as opposition parties were trying to "frustrate" Brexit .
Democrat Attempt to Humiliate Trump Bombs in Georgia
A voter leaves a polling site after casting a ballot in a special election in Marietta, Ga., Tuesday, April 18, 2017 . Trump was heavily invested in the race and in a tweet claimed victory, although Ossoff could still win in the runoff.