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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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Title
Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, May 2017
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1619818114
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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 2 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 237 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 53 21%
Researcher 51 21%
Student > Master 39 16%
Student > Bachelor 33 13%
Unspecified 24 10%
Other 48 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 79 32%
Environmental Science 58 23%
Unspecified 42 17%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 28 11%
Engineering 9 4%
Other 32 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2452. 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 04 March 2019.
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#390
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Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#21
of 78,386 outputs
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#23
of 260,997 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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