Midway: An oasis under threat

Updated 5:20 AM ET, Fri September 2, 2016
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Barack Obama toured Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument on Thursday. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Midway, an atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, was an important naval air station and submarine refit base for the US during the Second World War. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Obama also visited the Battle of Midway Navy Memorial. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
The US won its most famous naval victory when it defeated Japan at the Battle of Midway in 1942. Dan Clark/USFWS
Midway is part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the largest protected marine refuge in the world. COURTESY Megan Nagel/USFWS
The White Tern is one of 19 bird species found on Midway. Dan Clark/USFWS
Roughly 1.5 million Laysan albatross nest on Midway during high season. Dan Clark/USFWS
Tons of plastic debris washes ashore on Midway each year and it's taking a devastating toll on the wildlife there. Megan Nagel/USFWS
A Laysan albatross feeds its chick on Midway. The birds carry five tons of plastic waste onto the island each year. DAN CLARK/USFWS
Almost all of the albatross die with their stomachs full of plastic debris. Dan Clark/USFWS
The endangered Hawaiian monk seal also calls Midway home. Megan Nagel/USFWS