Scientists have confirmed that plastic bags litter the very depths of the Earth's oceans inside the Mariana Trench. The findings highlight a polluted region of the ocean often ignored: the very bottom. Their findings have been published in Marine Policy.
The Pacific Ocean is still a place that occasionally baffles marine biologists when it comes to what lies beneath its surface. The Mariana Trench alone, which is the deepest place on the planet, is still being explored due to its expansive depth. With exploration comes discoveries and usually, they're in the form of some strange creatures that we hadn't known anything about prior to a dive.
All rights reserved. Yet again, plastic is proving to be everywhere in the sea. During a dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench that purportedly reached 35, feet, Dallas businessman Victor Vescovo claims to have found a plastic bag.
Essentially, no one is certain of the things that lie at the bottom of the sea. The oceans deepest darkest deep depths have proven more challenging to reach than traveling to the moon. In all of human history, 12 people have reached the moon, while only three have reached the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean: the Challenger Deep.
Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — 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 appears to be plastic trash down there. Victor Vescovo journeyed 10, meters 35, feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deepthe southern end of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, as part of a mission to chart the world's deepest underwater places.
In the deepest depths it is pitch-dark, the water is freezing cold and the pressure is pulverising. Yet animals somehow survive in this most extreme environment. On 26 Marchfilm director James Cameron was hunched in the cramped cabin of a submersible, far out in the Pacific ocean.
The deepest part of our oceans, the region from below 20, feet to the very bottom of the deepest sea trench, is known as the hadal zone. It's named after Hades, the underworld of Greek mythology and its god. The majority of the hadal zone is made up of plunging trenches formed by shifting tectonic plates.
Scientists have recorded sounds from the deepest part of the ocean -- and they were amazed by what they heard. Coast Guard carried out the project, which involved recording sound over 23 days. While you might expect the deepest part of the ocean to be among the quietest places on Earth, the recordings captured almost constant noise from both natural and man-made sources, said Robert Dziak, an oceanographer at NOAA.
Everybody wonders about what is at the bottom of the ocean, and throughout history many have attempted to answer this daunting question. However, their efforts to uncover the mysteries of the ocean floor have made barely a dent in uncovering what actually lurks down below. From shipwrecks to alien-like life forms, glowing fish to microorganisms, piece by piece the jigsaw puzzle that is the ocean floor is being put together.