Rapture Reef sits within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. The monument encompasses more than 140,000 square miles of ocean and coral reef habitat.
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The "garbage patch" is a popular name for concentrations of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. While this phrase is popularly used, it does not paint an accurate picture of the marine debris problem in this region.
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