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Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, May 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#10 of 48,373)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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247 news outlets
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23 blogs
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396 tweeters
facebook
22 Facebook pages
wikipedia
1 Wikipedia page
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3 Google+ users
reddit
3 Redditors
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Title
Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, May 2017
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1619818114
Pubmed ID
Authors

Jennifer L. Lavers, Alexander L. Bond

Abstract

In just over half a century plastic products have revolutionized human society and have infiltrated terrestrial and marine environments in every corner of the globe. The hazard plastic debris poses to biodiversity is well established, but mitigation and planning are often hampered by a lack of quantitative data on accumulation patterns. Here we document the amount of debris and rate of accumulation on Henderson Island, a remote, uninhabited island in the South Pacific. The density of debris was the highest reported anywhere in the world, up to 671.6 items/m(2) (mean ± SD: 239.4 ± 347.3 items/m(2)) on the surface of the beaches. Approximately 68% of debris (up to 4,496.9 pieces/m(2)) on the beach was buried <10 cm in the sediment. An estimated 37.7 million debris items weighing a total of 17.6 tons are currently present on Henderson, with up to 26.8 new items/m accumulating daily. Rarely visited by humans, Henderson Island and other remote islands may be sinks for some of the world's increasing volume of waste.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 3 2%
Germany 2 1%
Spain 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Other 3 2%
Unknown 120 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 32 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 29 21%
Student > Master 24 18%
Student > Bachelor 16 12%
Other 9 7%
Other 25 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 50 37%
Environmental Science 36 27%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 15 11%
Unspecified 13 10%
Engineering 5 4%
Other 16 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2418. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 January 2018.
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#10
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#21
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