Deepest ever dive made by man into the Mariana trench unearths plastic

Vescovo broke the previous Mariana Trench diving record by about 36 feet.             
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American explorer Victor Vescovo dived nearly 11km down the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench and spent hours exploring the seafloor over an eight-day expedition. Its mission is to chart and conduct detailed sonar mapping at the five deepest places in the ocean: the Puerto Rico Trench (Atlantic Ocean), the South Sandwich Trench (South Atlantic), the Java Trench (Indian Ocean) and Molloy Deep (Arctic Ocean), according to CNN.

An American diver broke the record for deepest submarine dive ever and found something disheartening at the bottom of the ocean - a plastic bag.

Making multiple trips almost 11 kilometers, or seven miles, to the ocean floor - one of them four hours in duration - Vescovo set a record for the deepest solo dive in history, his team said.

"Personally being able to make the dive was just absolutely exhilarating", Vescovo told ABC News. It is only the third time humans have reached the sea's extreme depths.

The United Nations estimates 100 million tons of plastic waste already occupies the world's oceans and large volumes of microplastic have been discovered in the intestinal tracts of deep-dwelling ocean mammals, UK's Telegraph newspaper reported.

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The expedition has made four dives in the Mariana Trench in the last three weeks to collect biological and rock samples.

According to BBC, the first dive into the Mariana Trench occurred in 1960 by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard.

Also, bathometric scanning of the Mariana Trench has given scientists a clear picture of what the Mariana Trench looks like for the first time.

Mr Vescovo's latest dive is part of the "Five Deeps expedition", where he is attempting to explore the deepest parts of all five oceans.

Vescovo and his team believe they have discovered four new species of prawn-like crustaceans called amphipods.

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"It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did", says Vescovo.

After the conclusion of the dives, the submersible - built to withstand 1000 bars of pressure - will be given to researchers at science institutions to continue exploring the ocean's depths.

The second dive was made by Titanic and Avatar Director James Cameron in 2012.

He's also been to the highest peak of every continent and to the bottom of four of the world's oceans. Atlantic Productions for Discovery Channel/Tamara Stubbs/Handout via REUTERS.

"I was proud and honoured to have been invited to be part of Victor's team when it made world history at Challenger Deep".

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Deep sea dives have proven that areas thought to be remote and desolate are actually filled with life - and apparently, pollution.

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