Scientists are one step closer to understanding where some of the millions of tonnes of plastic dumped in the world's oceans end up after American explorer Victor Vescovo, dived almost seven miles to worlds oceans deepest place, the Pacific: Mariana Trench.”
Using a specially adapted submersible which allowed him to withstand the immense pressure equivalent to 50 passenger jets, stacked upon a person's head Victor Vescovo, became the third person on the planet to descend to such depths. To put this into context, more people have walked on the moon (12) than dived to the oceans floor.
Spending four hours exploring the trench in five separate dives using Robotic landers to explore some of the remotest areas, the team say they discovered four new species of prawn-like crustaceans and most shockingly a plastic bag and multiple sweet wrappers. Furthermore: On the way down they also spotted a strange spoon worm at 7,000m and an even stranger pink snailfish at 8,000m.
The team are also quick to point out that none of this would have been possible without the 4.6m-long, 3.7m-high submersible called the DSV Limiting Factor built by the US-based company Triton Submarines
Authors note: This fantastic accomplishment also shows us just how much we have to learn about our planet, and we await what other wonders Victor Vescovo will discover when in August of this year they dive to the bottom of Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean.
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Credits and sources: BBC.UK, Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News