Plastic Bag Found In One Of The Deepest Places On Earth

May 16, 2018 8:18 am Last Updated: May 16, 2018 8:18 am

A plastic bag was found in one of the deepest places on Earth during a scientific mission to plumb the depths of the world’s oceans.

Pieces of trash were spotted by an NOAA Okeanos mission in one of the deepest parts of the ocean—the Mariana Trench.

A single-use plastic bag was the deepest piece of refuse found and filmed by the submersible craft. The bag was lurking at a depth of 10,898 meters (35,754 feet).

Footage of other pieces of trash was also captured by the team and is shown in the video.

While the discovery was made during the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas mission, a new study led by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) drew renewed attention to the garbage.

In the study, scientists at JAMSTEC analyzed the Deep-sea Debris Database, a publicly accessible repository of photos and videos of marine debris.