National Geographic : 2013 Sep
NEXT NEXT photos: Rebecca hale, ngm staff. collection of pam longobaRdi. ngm maps 0mi 2,000 0km 2,000 SCALE AT 30̊N ALASKA (U.S.) HAWAII (U.S.) U.S. CANADA JAPAN PACIFIC OCEAN NorthPaci fic Subtropic alGyre 180° 30°N Alaska Gyre KATMAI N.P. Kenai Pen. Current Work pam longo bardi is an artist—and a trash collector. pieces of carefully tagged plastic debris she’s picked up from coasts around the world fill her atlanta, georgia, studio. many of the seaworn toys, tangled nets, and fishing floats were spewed onto beaches from hawaii to california by currents of the north pacific gyre, and thousands of the pieces will find their way into her art. now longobardi has more to work with. she was part of a team of scientists and artists on the 2013 gyre expedition. the group traveled to alaska’s Kenai peninsula and Katmai national park to collect and source gyrecarried trash. a traveling exhibit of scientific findings and art made from the debris is planned for 2014. — Margaret G. Zackowitz the north pacific gyre is a system of currents that swirl in a massive circuit, picking up debris from one coast and depositing it on shores elsewhere. learn more and see videos from the 2013 gyre expedition at nationalgeographic.com/gyre.