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Diver breaks record for deepest dive

Diver breaks record for deepest dive

A team led by an American explorer found plastic waste on the seafloor at the world's deepest point, the Mariana Trench, which is almost 11 km (seven miles) under the ocean, indicating the seriousness of the plastic-waste problem that is choking the planet's environment.

Mr Vescovo is the first person to make multiple dives to the depths of the Mariana Trench, where on one occasion he spent four hours on the bottom. While he saw particles of an object, he can't be certain if it was made of plastic or metal.

"There were some small, translucent animals", gently moving about, Vescovo said.

The alleged deepest manned sea dive ever recorded showed us just how far down our trash goes. (That's like having 50 jumbo jets piled on your head-so definitely don't step outside.) Built by the US-based company Triton Submarines, Limiting Factor was created to make multiple repeated dives to the deepest parts of the ocean.

"I think nearly exactly 12 hours, [i.e.] four hours on the bottom, which I think is the longest anyone has ever been on the bottom of the Challenger Deep".

"It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did", said Vescovo in a statement emailed to IFLScience. 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", "This vehicle is effectively a reliable elevator that can transport us to any depth, in any ocean. About 8 million tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean every year, mostly washed into the sea by rivers.

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Movie director James Cameron then made a solo plunge half a century later in 2012 in his bright green sub.

The Five Deeps Expedition is being filmed by Atlantic Productions for a five-part Discovery Channel documentary series due to air in late 2019.

In the next step, the team said its scientists were going to perform tests on the creatures found to in order to have a clear picture about the percentage of plastics found in them. The first-ever expedition to Challenger Deep was made by the US Navy in 1960, reaching a depth of 10,912 meters. According to The Guardian, Stephanie Fitzherbert, a spokeswoman for Victor's Five Deeps Expedition said that Victor, the Dallas-based co-founder of Insight Equity Holdings, is trying to verify if manmade material is plastic or not.

A robotic lander photographs the creatures in the deep Mariana Trench and the submersible in the background.