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Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum

Garbage: The Science and Problem of What We Throw Away #4049


Date: 2012
Location: Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Photographer: Andy Collins
Source: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries



Albatross carcass and marine debris. Laysan albatross carcass on Eastern Island. Nearly all carcasses found on Midway have marine debris in them. The percentage of birds that die from consumption of marine debris, or its effects, is still unknown. It has been estimated that albatross feed their chicks approximately 10,000 lbs of marine debris annually on Midway—enough plastic to fill about 100 of the curbside trash containers we use in Honolulu.


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