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

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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