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Plastic bag found at bottom of world’s deepest ocean trench

May 16, 2018

The Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the ocean. It extends nearly 11,000m down in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. But if you thought the trench could escape the global onslaught of plastics pollution, you would be wrong.

A recent study revealed that a plastic bag, like the kind given away at grocery stores, was found at a depth of 11,000m inside the Mariana Trench. It is the deepest known piece of plastic trash.

Scientists found it by looking through the Deep-Sea Debris Database, a collection of photos and videos taken from 5,010 dives over the past 30 years.

Plastic was the most common debris in the database, and plastic bags in particular made up the greatest source of plastic trash. Other debris came from material like rubber, metal, wood, and cloth, and some is yet to be classified.

89% of the plastic found was the type of plastic that is used once and then thrown away, like a plastic water bottle or disposable utensil.

The recent study also found that 17 percent of the images of plastic logged in the database showed interactions of some kind with marine life, like animals becoming entangled in the debris.

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1

I’m so sad that a turtle is going to think it’s a jellyfish and then it will kill it so sad

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Huh.
Remember. don't pollute our oceans.

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So sad

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This is soo sad

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Sad

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Wow that's is sad

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people are not taking care

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r.i.p ocean (╥_╥)

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if I knew the person that threw the plastic bag away, I would be screaming at them!

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I am so sad for the Ocean

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crazy