In deep­est-ever sub­ma­rine dive, ex­plorer finds trash on ocean floor

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation -

the deep­est dive ever made by a hu­man in­side a sub­ma­rine, an Amer­i­can in­vestor and ex­plorer found some­thing he could have found in the gut­ter of nearly any street in the world: trash.

Vic­tor Vescovo, a re­tired naval of­fi­cer, said he made the un­set­tling dis­cov­ery as he de­scended nearly 10.93 km to a point in the Pa­cific Ocean’s Mar­i­ana Trench that is the deep­est place on Earth. His dive went 16 me­tres lower than the pre­vi­ous deep­est de­scent in the trench in 1960.

Vescovo found undis­cov­ered species as he vis­ited places no hu­man had gone be­fore. He also saw an­gu­lar metal or plas­tic ob­jects, one with writ­ing on it. “It was very dis­ap­point­ing to see ob­vi­ous hu­man con­tam­i­na­tion of the deep­est point in the ocean,” Vescovo said.

Plas­tic waste has reached epi­demic pro­por­tions in the world’s oceans with an es­ti­mated 100 mil­lion tonnes dumped there to date, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions.

Sci­en­tists have found large amounts of mi­cro plas­tic in the guts of deep-dwelling ocean mam­mals like whales. Vescovo hoped his dis­cov­ery of trash in the Mar­i­ana Trench would raise aware­ness

REUTERS

One of the ‘plas­tic ob­jects’ that ex­plorer Vic­tor Vescovo found in the Mar­i­ana Trench — the deep­est place on Earth.

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