SOUTH PACIFIC ― An island in the South Pacific is not populated by people, and yet it is the most polluted piece of land on Earth.
Henderson Island, 14.5 square miles in size, contains about 38 million pieces of plastic on and buried in its sandy beach, as reported by Business Insider.
Sadly, the endangered green turtle inhabits this polluted island as well.
“The South Pacific island has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of debris recorded anywhere in the world, holding 99.8% of plastic pollution,” according to Business Insider. “The tiny island is in the path of the South Pacific Gyre – an ocean current. This is why it accumulates as much as 17 tonnes of plastic rubbish.
“Henderson Island is a World Heritage Listed site but has yet to undergo a cleanup operation,” the report continued.