Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

American marine explorer found plastic trash in his journey to reach the base of Mariana trench


IllustrationIllustration - The American marine explorer Victor Vescovo has dived 10,927 m to the base of Challenger Deep, the southern part of Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean and found plastic waste. This is of course an irony because the journey was claimed to be the deepest dive ever recorded by humans.

Vescovo's dive, carried out on May 1, is part of the exploration of the deepest area under the sea. He found four new species that might be a clue to the origin of the earth, but besides that he also found plastic bags and candy wrappers in the deepest location on earth.

Vescovo told his exploration into the depths about the boundary test of human effort and for scientific discoveries. "Reach to the extreme point I believe is the natural human tendency. I think that is a beautiful part of human nature that makes us to push ourselves to the limit, and it has helped us to be the species where we are now" Vescovo said.

Vescovo's exploration was carried out using a submarine called The Limiting Factor. He was part of an expedition filmed by the Discovery Channel called Five Deeps Expedition. The expedition mission was to research and map the five deepest regions on the Earth's ocean using sonar. Before Mariana Trench, the expedition had been carried out in Puerto Rico Trench, South Sandwich Trench, and Java Trench. And for their next target, Molloy Deep in the Antarctic Ocean.

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