You might think you were born in Duluth, or Detroit, or some sleepy suburb on Long Island—but let me tell you, friend, you’re wrong. In a sense, we were all spawned on a tiny island full of trash, floating miserably far, far out there. Only now are we beginning to understand the horrifying gravity of what our garbage species hath wrought.
The rubbish landmass of which I speak isn’t just a metaphor—it’s also a real place, called Henderson Island. Henderson Island is tucked away so deep in the South Pacific, it takes 13 days to get there from New Zealand by boat, according to Popular Science. Although it is very small and very hidden, a new paper, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests it has the highest density of garbage anywhere on Earth. Researchers estimate that it has about 37,661,395 pieces of manmade trash on it.
“The density of debris was the highest recorded anywhere in the world, suggesting that remote islands close to oceanic plastic accumulation zones act as important sinks for some of the waste accumulated in these areas,” the research team behind the unsettling discovery wrote. “As global plastic production continues to increase exponentially, it will further impact the exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity for which remote islands have been recognized.”
In their four-month sojourn on Henderson Island, the researchers had almost no interaction with people—after all, there are only about 58 of them on the island. That said, the team became very well acquainted with outsiders’ trash….
Continued via… Source: We All Live On Trash Island