The world record for the deepest dive in history has just been broken by naval officer Victor Vescovo, reaching almost 10,928 meters in the Challenger Abyss of the Mariana Trench. But the record was overshadowed by the discovery of garbage.
The chasm lies in the eastern Philippines and is the deepest known point on Earth.
The dive was achieved by going deep with a submarine. His dive set a new record, some 16 meters deeper, as the deepest descent in these conditions.
The depth of the Mariana Trench
The Mariana Trench is deep enough to completely submerge Mount Everest. So deep that if you dropped the mountain into the ditch, its peak would still be more than two kilometers under water.
Victor Vescovo came to what is known asThe Challenger Deep, which is the deepest known point in the ocean. The submersible Vescovo landed on is calledDSV Limiting Factor; which is 4.6 m long and 3.7 m high.
This is what the explorer found
Victor was sadly surprised to find what appeared to be plastic, at the deepest point in the ocean.
After spending four hours fully submerged, in a submarine built to withstand the immense pressure of the deep, he discovered what can only be described as garbage. More specifically, a plastic bag and candy wrappers, along with new forms of marine life and creatures.
The dives in the pit
Victor made four dives in the last three weeks in the Mariana Trench to collect various biological and rock samples. It is the third to attempt the descent, the last being Canadian filmmaker James Cameron in 2012 and prior to that, the United States Navy in 1960. Victor's dive is the deepest ever recorded, breaking the world record.
The plastic problem
According to the UN, there is currently an estimated more than 100 million tons of plastic in the world's oceans. The situation is alarming, and this finding proves it.
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