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This Island Has No People But 38 Millions Of Pounds Of Trash On Its Beaches

By Brian Spaen

The Great Pacific garbage patch is an area in the Pacific Ocean where pollution has gathered from ocean currents. Its size is estimated to be up to roughly double that of the continental United States. All that garbage and toxic chemicals can eventually find its way onto beaches and it can affect much of the wildlife in the area. One uninhabited island in the South Pacific has seen an unprecedented amount of trash wash up on its shores.

Researchers from the University of Tasmania and the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for the Protection of the Birds found Henderson Island loaded with debris from all over the world. Nearly 18 metric tons, or 40,000 pounds, of this garbage was planted on the six-mile long, three-mile wide island, and there were 38 million pieces of plastic found. That tallies up to about 99.8 percent of the pollution according to a report from The Guardian

Plastic pollution has been the biggest culprit in the Pacific Ocean. Considering US citizens alone throw away 185 pounds of plastic per year and 80 percent of plastic from the land gets into the ocean, it’s no surprise to see a buildup of pollution this massive. These pieces outnumber the animals by a six-to-one ratio. Animals and fish in the area also suffer from eating these objects. In turn, we could be eating these plastics ourselves.