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March 27th, 2014
01:15 PM ET

Expert: Roughly 20 million tons of trash in Indian Ocean

Malaysian officials announced Wednesday that new satellite images show 122 objects scattered across a remote stretch of water southwest of Australia. The objects range in size from about 3 feet to 75 feet.

The discovery comes days after similar findings in the same general area, all part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The plane vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard.

This possible debris field covers an area the size of Denver. It's rapidly moving target, that investigators acknowledge could be debris of Flight 370 or garbage.

Charles Moore is merchant marine captain. He's spent a lot of time researching the amount of garbage that's in the oceans. He's OutFront.

Moore tells CNN's Erin Burnett that the amount of garbage in the Indian Ocean can fool investigators into thinking they found something significant.

"The ocean is a kind of a plastic soup," said Moore. "The larger objects could be from container ships, they could be from Banda Aceh Tsunami docks, boats, all those things could be part of this confounding litter in the ocean."

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