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Trash including plastic bag found at deepest ocean point on Earth


Undersea explorer Victor Vescovo said he saw a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the deepest place on Earth. (Photo: Courtesy Discovery/Atlantic Productions)We’ve heard recently that the roof of the world — Mount Everest — is littered with tons of trash. Now comes the unsettling news that garbage has also been spotted at the world’s deepest ocean depth. How do we know this? Intrepid American explorer Victor Vescovo has seen both places for himself.Vescovo, 53, the first and only human being to visit both spots, recently took a four-hour dive in a submersible to Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. At seven miles below sea level in the western Pacific Ocean, it’s the deepest place in the world. In addition to some weird fish and other undersea creatures, the trash Vescovo saw down there included a few candy wrappers and a plastic bag. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide”It was very disappointing to see obvious human contamination of the deepest point in the ocean,” Vescovo said to Reuters.“It’s just an unfortunate consequence of multiple billions people on earth and all we consume,” he told ABC News.Incredibly, as much as 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year.CLOSE
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USA TODAYMore: Plastic garbage in the North Atlantic Ocean skyrocketingMore: Humans have produced 18.2 trillion pounds of plastic since the 50s.Vescovo’s voyage in the submersible called “The Limiting Factor” was part of a journey to visit the world’s deepest spots and was filmed for Discovery Channel, according to CNN. The series, “Deep Planet,” will air later this year. Despite the trash, Vescovo still marveled at the voyage: “It is almost indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did,” Vescovo told BBC News.Explorer Victor Vescovo stands next to his deep ocean submersible. (Photo: Courtesy Discovery/Atlantic Productions)”This submarine and its mother ship, along with its extraordinarily talented expedition team, took marine technology to a ridiculously higher new level by diving – rapidly and repeatedly – into the deepest, harshest, area of the ocean.”In addition to the world’s highest and lowest locations, Vescovo has also been to both the North and South Poles. When he finishes his dives later this year, he will have been to the deepest part of all seven seas on Earth. Follow Doyle Rice on Twitter  @USATODAYWeatherAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide    Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/14/trash-including-plastic-bag-found-deepest-ocean-point-earth/3664885002/

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