The bottom of the Mariana Trench discovered litter on the deepest ever dive. This is the extent of plastic pollution that has been caused.

Our planet is prone to plastic pollution. Just for your information, even a human body consists of plastic particles. Now the deepest dive made by a Texan businessman and explorer Victor Vescovo has made it clear that the plastic has reached the deepest of the oceans. There was waste discovered in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean.

plastic found in Mariana Trench
Picture courtesy: Discovery Channel via Lonely Planet

Victor Vescovo nearly travelled 35,853 ft to the bottom of the Mariana Trench on a solo expedition. This point is the deepest point until anyone has dived. Vescovo has been working with  Five Deeps Expedition to set a record of the deepest solo dive in history beating the record by James Cameron’s from 2012.

On April 28, Vescovo discovered fragments of manmade material on the ocean floor. They are yet to confirm if the material is plastic or not. But the photographs collected by him clearly suggest that the material is some sort of plastic bag or packaging material.

Vescovo made four solo dives before this between 28 April and 5 May. His final dive was made on 7th of May in the Sirena Deep which is also in the Mariana Trench to collect biological samples and rocks that offer clues about the origin of life on the earth.

Image by Reeve Jolliffe
Image by Reeve Jolliffe

This was not the first time that plastic has been discovered in this part. A study in October 2018 suggested that a plastic bag was discovered at a depth of 36,000 feet inside the Mariana Trench. Extremely high level of microplastic was discovered last year. According to Geochemical Perspectives Letters analysis, there is no place on earth that is safe from the human impact.

Maybe this is the time for a change!



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