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Single-Use Plastic Bag Submerged 7 Miles Below Ocean's Surface
Researchers from the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology recently analyzed a collection of deep-sea photographs and found that thousands of pieces of man-made debris lurk far below our ocean’s surface. Perhaps the most disturbing discovery? The deepest known piece of plastic trash—a single-use plastic bag submerged 36,000 feet (or nearly 7 miles) in the Mariana Trench.

Their findings, published in the journal Marine Policy, are proof that even the most remote parts of our oceans aren’t immune to plastic pollution. Scientists made the discovery after sifting through photos and videos taken from more than 5,000 dives over a 30-year period. In total, 3,425 pieces of man-made marine debris were found. Of those, 33 percent were macro-plastics, the vast majority being single-use products such as bags, straws, utensils, and coffee lids.


 
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