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This 19-Year-Old Is Ready to Build an Ocean Cleanup Machine

A digital rendering of the Ocean Cleanup
A digital rendering of the Ocean CleanupCourtesy The Ocean Cleanup

The world’s oceans contain millions of tons of trash, much of it collected into vast gyres of plastic and debris. Even if humanity stopped putting garbage in the water today, researchers project that these garbage patches would continue growing for hundreds of years. One such trash vortex, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, already spans hundreds of miles.

Courtesy The Ocean Cleanup