Plastic Found At The Bottom Of Belize’s Great Blue Hole

The world's biggest, most famous sinkhole isn't exempt from our world's plastic crisis.

Richard Branson has found plastic at the bottom of the world’s biggest ocean sinkhole.

The billionaire dove into the abyss with Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of French explorer Jacques Cousteau, and National Geographic explorer Erika Bergman at the end of last year. In a blog post about the trip, he has said the discovery of bottles at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole shows the great need to “get rid of single use plastic,” adding that it has become the “scourge of the ocean.”

The Great Blue Hole, off the coast of Belize, is almost 1,000 feet across and 410 feet deep. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS). It is at the center of an atoll called the Lighthouse Reef.

The Great Blue Hole formed as a limestone cave hundreds of thousands of years ago, when sea levels were far lower. At the end of the last ice age, sea levels rose by around 300 feet, submerging the cave to become the natural wonder it is today.

Read Full Story: Newsweek/Hannah Osborne 

Photo: The TerraMar Project

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