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Can this giant cleanup device save the ocean?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash. It’s an area in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii that consists of over 87,000 tons of garbage — everything from plastic bottles to abandoned fishing nets to debris. It’s one of many concentrations of trash that sit in our oceans. Now a Boyan Slat, a young entrepreneur and college dropout has an ambitious plan to clean it up.

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