A team led by an American explorer found plastic waste on the seafloor at the world's deepest point, the Mariana Trench, which is almost 11 km (seven miles) under the ocean, indicating the seriousness of the plastic-waste problem that is choking the planet's environment.
Vescovo's dive was one of five made by the team between April 28 and May 5, which included the deepest marine salvage operation ever attempted.
Vescovo dove in a submersible called the Limiting Factor, now the world's deepest-diving operational submarine. The last challenge will be to reach the bottom of the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, an expedition planned for August this year.
The Skaff lander floats next to the research vessel DSSV Pressure Drop above the Pacific Oceans's Mariana Trench in an undated photo released by the Discovery Channel May 13, 2019.
"We wanted to prove the capability of the submarine and the whole system by diving there repeatedly and really, hopefully, opening the door for science", Vescovo said. More worrisome was that Vescovo reported coming across a plastic bag and candy wrappers.Читайте также: Tesla's Autopilot Engaged in Fatal Florida Crash, Finds NTSB
The Five Deeps Expedition is being filmed for a five-part Discovery Channel documentary series due to air in late 2019.
"Nearly six decades ago Jacques Piccard and I were the first persons to dive into Challenger Deep, the deepest place in the World Ocean", said oceanographer Don Walsh, who descended into the Mariana Trench in the 1960s.
Movie director James Cameron then made a solo plunge half a century later in 2012 in his bright green sub. According to the CNN, the expedition team stated that they plan to test these samples to check how much plastic gets ingested. The dive is part of an initiative to explore the deepest points in each of the world's five oceans. It's not the first time plastic has been found at the bottom of the sea, but it's a reminder of the scale of the problem. The 15-foot-long, 12-foot-high submersible features a 3.5-inch-thick titanium pressure hull that can accommodate two people, and dives can be conducted solo or as a pair.
An American explorer thinks he spotted man-made waste lying at the bottom of the world's deepest ocean floor, but we may never know for sure what the object but since he was unable to retrieve it, we can never know what it was.
Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, was stunned to find what appeared to be plastic, at the deepest point in the ocean.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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