Plastic Island: Ocean Currents Funnel Trash

Off Gore Point, where tide rips collide, the rolling swells rear up and steepen into whitecaps. Quiet with concentration, Chris Pallister decelerates from 15 knots to 8, strains to peer through a windshield blurry with spray, tightens his grip on the wheel and, like a skier negotiating moguls, coaxes his home-built boat, the Opus -- aptly named for a comic-strip penguin -- through the chaos of waves. Our progress becomes a series of concussions punctuated by troughs of anxious calm. In this it resembles the rest of Pallister's life.

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Ted Raynor

Storms drive plastic debris hundreds of feet into the forest beyond the shores o