What's at the bottom of Belize's Big Blue Belt? Plastic Bottles: Richard Branson's expedition to the huge ocean hole reveals pollution to the astounding signs of climate change
- The complex cave system was submerged 10,000 years ago by melting ice
- He calls the spot a proof of how oceans can get raised quickly and disastrously.
- Belize's blue hole has never been fully explored due to technology constraints
Yuan Ren for Mailonline
Plastic pollution, including water bottles, was discovered 400 feet (120 meters) below the surface of the ocean during an expedition down the hole known as the Blue Hole.
Richard Richard Branson's founder is behind the project off the coast of Belize, who has begun exploring the sophisticated cave system. The blue hole was once on land, but it was submerged about 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. We hope that the information gathered during the expedition will shed more light on how climate change has affected the planet over millennia.
Plastic pollution was discovered 400 feet below the surface of the ocean during an expedition to the underwater hole known as the Blue Hole. The blue hole was once on land, but it was submerged about 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age
Richard Richard Branson's founder (left) is behind the project off the coast of Belize, which is exploring the complex cave system. , Branson joined Faber Kusto, an oceanic conservationist, documentary and grandson of the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau (right)
The expedition in the popular tourist site deployed two submarines with submarines with three people.
Branson and Fabien Cousteau – a documentary filmmaker for the ocean, documentaries and grandson of the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau – spent hours deep in the Blue Hole. Two large vessels were also available to provide research and logistical support.
The team of divers and scientists performed 3D site scanning, including sonic scanning of the interior using military technology.
In an expedition blog, Branson writes: "It's true monsters facing the ocean are climate change and plastic. Unfortunately, we saw plastic bottles at the bottom of the hole, which is a true bullfight on the ocean. We all have to get rid of disposable plastic. He warned of similar events of today's flooding, calling what he saw at the bottom of the hole, the toughest reminders of the danger of climate change I've ever seen "
"While the divers have so far reached the bottom of the Blue Hole, the total darkness and difficult conditions limit their ability to collect scientific data
The last expedition is the first time you are modern the technology, in the form of a submarine, has given the scientists time and access to study the geological formation in detail. "
" There are still many discoveries, including finding sediment, looking at changes in walls, oxygen and CO2 content. "
" There is a whole list of things we will do there that have not been done, "Cousteau said.
Submarines allowed the team to spend more time in bottom of the Blue Hole, expedition is the first time scientists have properly explored the blue hole
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Kusto's connections to the Blue Hole exceed the professional interest only.
In 1971, his grandfather, the famous French diver, Jacques Cousteau, brought his Calypso exploration ship 43 miles (70 km) off the coast of Belize to explore the marvelous deep hole of 1000 feet (300 m) . discovered that the Blue Hole, the world's largest ocean hole and one of Belize's main tourist attractions, was actually a submerged cave that has been formed over a period of tens of thousands of years.
JACQUES COUSTEAU AND THE GREAT GLASS DEPARTMENT
The big blue hole was renowned by French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau who declared it one of the world's five largest diving sites. Calypso to study the depths of the hole in 1972. The expedition found some submerged stalactites in the hole and was able to conclude that the Blue Hole had been formed before the ocean levels climbed.
The big blue hole is known by French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau (left), who calls it one of the world's five largest diving sites. He brought his famous research vessel "Calypso" to study the depths of the hole in 1972. Research from this expedition confirmed the origin of the hole as typical karst limestone formations, formed before the sea level increased in the least four stages, leaving protrusions at a depth of 21 m (69 ft), 49 m (161 ft) and 91 m (299 ft). Stalactites were seized from submerged caves, confirming their previous formation above sea level. Some of these stalactites were also stationary with 5 degrees in consecutive orientation, indicating that there was some past geological displacement and tilting of the underlying plateau, followed by a long period in the current plane.
The slope shows that this is a movement on the ground, not just a rise in sea level.