‘Brilliant, depressing’ National Geographic cover goes viral

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THE latest cover of National Geographic magazine is being widely shared online — but not for the usual reason.

A HAUNTING cover image on the June issue of National Geographic is circulating online, suggesting the plastic pollution we see is just the tip of the iceberg.

Such is the extent of Earth’s mind-boggling plastic problem that scientists recently found a plastic bag in the Mariana Trench — the deepest point in the ocean, sitting nearly 11 kilometres below the surface.

The Nat Geo cover image was shared by the magazine’s senior photo editor Vaughn Wallace on Twitter this morning who called it “one for the ages.” At the time of writing, the tweet has been shared more than 6000 times and been liked 13,000 times.

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