38 million pieces of plastic trash litter the beaches of Henderson Island, a remote, uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. Scientists who surveyed the area believe the island is covered in more plastic trash than anywhere else on the globe, with 671 pieces per square meter.
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The island became an unintentional dumping ground due to the South Pacific gyre, a large system of ocean currents that collects debris from the ocean and washes them ashore.
Plastic trash not only litters places such as Henderson Island but it also threatens marine life. Animals such as seabirds and sea turtles ingest or become entangled in the trash, which could lead to injury and death.
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38 Million Pieces of Plastic Trash Cover This Remote Island | National Geographic
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