Plastic found in Mariana Trench
Yet another damning indictment of the way humanity as a whole is trashing the planet we inhabit! Reuters reports that deepest ever dive in the Mariana Trench has discovered what appears to be plastic litter.
A retired naval officer dove in a submarine nearly 36,000ft into the deepest place on Earth, only to find what appears to be plastic. On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: litter. Sky news (picture) describe the litter as a plastic bag.
Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 35,853ft (10,927 metres) to a point in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth, his expedition said in a statement on Monday. His dive went 52ft (16 metres) lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960. In the last three weeks, the expedition has made four dives in the Mariana Trench in his submarine, DSV Limiting Factor, collecting biological and rock samples.
The Guardian has more details here