Plastic contaminates the coast of Rapa Nui
Every year millions of tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans. The largest part of this rubbish ends up floating in the so-called “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, contaminating the marine life. Rapu Nui receives the rubbish from the South Pacific Gyre.
To share the message of the global impact that contamination has, the researchers have invited scientists and other professionals to join their expeditions. At each stop they offer educational programs in the schools and Rapa Nui was no exception. At the Colegio Lorenzo Baeza Vega, they explained to the students the poisonous effects of pollution in the sea and the importance of caring for our environment.
In the sand of Rapa Nui there are animals so small that they can hardly be seen with the bare eye. You need a microscope to see them. These animals live in the small spaces between sand grains.
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