Researchers Find 38 Million Pieces of Trash on Desolate Pacific Island
A small island that's literally in the middle of nowhere has become a collecting "sink" for more than 38 million pieces of garbage.
Researches found that Henderson Island, an uninhabited British overseas dependency, is covered in tons and tons of human trash.
Shepard Smith reported that the six-by-three-mile island in the South Pacific Ocean, nearly 3,000 miles from the nearest continent, is the victim of natural ocean currents.
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A gyre, or a collection of circulating ocean currents, rotates nearby and has caused trash from all over the ocean to collect on Henderson.
Researchers spent a few months on the island and found the trash measures nearly 18 tons, and included everything from toy soldiers to plastic jars to Monopoly hotels.
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"The quantity of plastic is truly alarming," researcher Jennifer Lavers told the AP.
Henderson Island is part of the Pitcairn Islands, and its nearest neighboring island is over 100 miles away.