Deepest underwater dive in human history finds plastic on ocean floor

The Mariana Trench is about 124 miles off the coast of the Mariana Islands which are effectively in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.             
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To show how deep it is, think about this: If you were to drop Mount Qomolangma, which is more than 8,000 meters tall, into the Mariana Trench, there would still be almost two kilometers of water between the mountain's summit and the surface.

From behind the glass of a submersible created to withstand extreme pressures, he spent hours observing and documenting the quiet, dark alien world.

With his dives, Vescovo became the first person to have been to the summit of Mount Everest, been to the deepest recessPatrick Lahey, President of Triton Submarineses of the ocean, and skied to both the North and South poles. Movie director James Cameron made the descent in 2012 but failed to beat out the record.

The team said its scientists were going to perform tests on the creatures found to determine the percentage of plastics found in them.

An object described by a spokesperson for the Five Deeps Mariana expedition as "manmade" is illuminated at top right by the light of the submarine DSV Limiting Factor on the floor of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. The American explorer made it down to, what is called, The Challenger Deep, which is the deepest known point in the ocean. A total of four dives in eight days made it the first submersible to ever visit the bottom of the Challenger Deep a few times, capturing videos and conducting efficiency tests in the process.

Mr Vescovo found a plastic bag and lolly wrappers, as well as four new species of prawn.

On May 1, Vescovo set a record for the deepest dive and deepest solo dive, using a titanium Triton submersible called Limiting Factor to descend 35,853 feet, the Five Deeps Expedition announced Monday morning.

"Most importantly we have opened the door to the final frontier - the exploration of the hadal zone and the workings of the deepest parts of the world's oceans".

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He's also been to the highest peak of every continent and to the bottom of four of the world's oceans.

The Molloy Deep has yet to be explored, and Vescovo's team will be there in August, according to CNN.

"This vehicle is effectively a reliable elevator that can transport us to any depth, in any ocean".

Vescovo says he's proud of these scientific finds - and also that the team's got a submersible that's up for the challenge.

The extreme pressure and darkness make it extremely challenging to travel deep beneath the sea and capture images.

After the Five Deeps expedition is complete later this year, the plan is to pass the submersible onto science institutions so researchers can continue to use it.

Once thought to be remote, desolate areas, the deep sea teems with life.

They also observed a variety of critters.

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