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Indian Ocean Gyre

The Indian Ocean gyre, located in the Indian Ocean, is one of the eighteen major oceanic gyres, large systems of rotating ocean currents, which together form the backbone of the global conveyer belt. The Indian Ocean gyre is composed of two major currents: the South Equatorial Current, and the West Australian Current.

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Why it's hard to find crash debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Every time the news reported the spotting of "debris fields", I thought they had found the plane, but each time it turned out to be just trash. I kept wondering what the chances were that there happened to be trash floating where they thought the plane had crashed. Turns out there's a high chance. Gyres are like the spinning of a toilet bowl that collects all the ocean's trash. And it happens that the plane disappeared near the Indian Ocean gyre, so even if there were lots of plane debris, it could easily get lost amongst all the other trash out there :(. Even worse, the gyre keeps moving so it could sweep away the plane's debris from where it crashed, if it crashed.

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