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Deepest ever dive finds plastic bag at bottom of Mariana Trench

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An American undersea explorer has completed what is claimed to be the deepest manned sea dive ever recorded -- returning to the surface with the depressing news that there's plastic trash down there.
Victor Vescovo journeyed 10,927 meters (35,853 feet) to the bottom of the Challenger Deep , the southern end of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, as part of a mission to chart the world's deepest underwater places.
Making multiple trips nearly 11 kilometers, or seven miles, to the ocean floor -- one of them four hours in duration -- Vescovo set a record for the deepest solo dive in history, his team said. The previous record was held by "Titanic" director James Cameron in 2012.
As well as four new species that could offer clues about the origins of life on Earth, Vescovo observed a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the deepest point on the planet.
Details of the voyage, made May 1, were released for the first time on Monday.
Vescovo, a 53-year-old financier with a naval background, tells CNN Travelhis journey to the depths was about testing the limits of human endeavor as much as scientific discovery.

"Going to the extremes I believe is a natural inclination of man," Vescovo he says.
"I think it is a wonderful part of human nature that makes us want to push ourselves to the limits, which has helped propel us as a species to where we are now."

His voyage, in a submersible named The Limiting Factor, is part of a landmark odyssey into the world's watery depths that's being filmed for Discovery Channel -- dubbed the Five Deeps Expedition.
The expedition's mission is to conduct detailed, sonar mapping missions at the five deepest spots in our oceans. As well as the Mariana Trench, it's now completed surveys of the Atlantic Ocean's Puerto Rico Trench, the South Atlantic's South Sandwich Trench and the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean.
Next up is a trip to the bottom of the as-yet unexplored Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, due to be completed in August 2019.
The ocean depths represent some of the least explored and remote places on the planet. The Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall.
A key mission objective was to capture video evidence of what was at the bottom of the Challenger Deep, which was first explored in 1960 by oceanographers Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard in submersible called Bathyscaphe Trieste.
"I criss-crossed all over the bottom looking for different wildlife, potentially unique geological formations or rocks, man-made objects, and yes, trying to see if there was an even deeper location than where the Trieste went all the way back in 1960," Vescovo says.
Discoveries in the Challenge Deep included "vibrantly colorful" rocky outcrops that could be chemical deposits, prawn-like supergiant amphopods, and bottom-dwelling Holothurians, or sea cucumbers.
The team said its scientists were going to perform tests on the creatures found to determine the percentage of plastics found in them.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/victor-vescovo-deepest-dive-pacific/index.html
 
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Is that the best picture they could come up with?
 
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I come to see the plastic bag and disappointed
 
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saw this on the BBC yesterday the narrative on oceanic plastic waste is on the rise...reminds me of the one on oil spills and the penguin pics
 

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All i wanna know is did they bring it back up ?
 
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that whole #trashtag thing could be taken to new heights..or depths if they collected it.
 

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Our technological prowess now even penetrates the deepest ocean!the fish should be celebrating becoming part of a greater whole.
 
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Its only the deepest by 39 ft. The original record set in 1960
 
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So that means as humans we've now got rubbish at the highest peaks and lowest troughs on the planet. Only took ~50 years. :/
 
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just.... COOL

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Sad and amazing to see :) I do wonder what is going to happen with all the plastic we use on this planet but that's for another thread I think...

11 kilometers down in the sea :)
 
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Damn it. And then the Dutch version of it too, even worse...

 
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Really cool... Really sad.
I really tried to come with something clever to say... This deserves it in two ways. Sigh
 
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shocking since we have a patch of plastic floating in the pacific that is twice the size of Texas (or France if you are in Europe) and it's one of five such patches in the pacific but hey plastic only lasts 500-1000 years before complete decomposition...:banghead:

 

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All i wanna know is did they bring it back up ?
I don't think so. They were going after rocks and the like. Not much would learned from a hunk of hard plastic.
 
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"Trash found littering ocean floor in deepest-ever sub dive"

Literally 1 piece......
 
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Let's see...
UN is recently in the news regarding plastic ban and miraculously plastic (which the story says could be metal) is found on the ocean floor.
I would tend toward this being sensationalist BS.
 
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No need for conspiracy, plastic is all over the news (and waters). Just jump on a boat and see it by yourself.

1st question should be: Is this a fake or certified record immersion? (I don't know, not saying it is or not)
 
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At 11K's down, I couldn't imagine a plastic bag looking like a bag still due to the enormous pressures.
 
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Anywhere a human can travel; Garbage can also travel.
 
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"Trash found littering ocean floor in deepest-ever sub dive"

Literally 1 piece......
You can find quite a bit more closer to home. It's symbolic, if you missed that point.

Anywhere a human can travel; Garbage can also travel.
Indeed. The summit at Mt Everest is actaully rather coated in both garbage, and feces. It's become a serious issue.

At 11K's down, I couldn't imagine a plastic bag looking like a bag still due to the enormous pressures.
Pressure only makes thin things thinner. You can see how a plastic bag would largely retain it's appearance, as such.

Let's see...
UN is recently in the news regarding plastic ban and miraculously plastic (which the story says could be metal) is found on the ocean floor.
I would tend toward this being sensationalist BS.
I wouldn't. This dive was recorded from begining to end and planned months in advance.
 
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