Supersack in Barrow

Supersack in Barrow

White bags line an eroded coastline, with buildings in the background. Ripped bags trail across the beach into the ocean.

Arctic communities shore up their eroding coastlines with sandbags, but they do little to help. The sea, filled with chunks of ice, tear apart the bags and litter the shore with plastic. 

IMAGE: Louise Farquharson, University of Alaska Fairbanks