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People have one question after scientists make disturbing discovery at deepest point on earth

People have one question after scientists make disturbing discovery at deepest point on earth

The bottle was found 35,000 ft below sea level

People have all been asking the same question after an unexpected discovery was made at the deepest point of Earth.

Now, there's no denying that the ocean is a pretty scary place.

The mere fact that only five percent of the ocean has been explored by mankind is absolutely terrifying, meaning who knows what kind of sea monsters are lurking deep beneath the surface?

Well, something was discovered in the deepest depths by scientists recently that nobody quite expected - and it's actually rather disturbing.

Instead of a gigantic squid or a sunken shipwreck, a single glass beer bottle was discovered within the Challenger Deep, which is located in the Mariana Trench - aka the deepest point in the Earth's oceans and 35,000ft below sea level.

To grasp just how deep the region is, if Mount Everest was placed within the Challenger Deep, it would still be covered by a mile of water.

So it's pretty mind-blowing that a beer bottle was found there.

The piece of rubbish was discovered by oceanographer Dr. Dawn Wright, who shared her findings on social media.

A single glass beer bottle was discovered within the Challenger Deep.
Caladan Oceanic

Alongside a photo, she wrote: "What did we see upon 1st touching bottom, at 10,900+m depth w/in #ChallengerDeep? A BEER BOTTLE!"

Dr. Wright then stressed how this find was disturbing rather than funny, saying: "Further evidence that we MUST as humanity do BETTER by the ocean and for the health of habitats that we ourselves share & ultimately depend on!!! #ThereIsNoPlanetB #DeeperSeaDawn."

But ever since the image of the beer bottle floating in the abyss was posted online, people have had one burning question: How is the glass bottle withstanding the pressure associated with this kind of depth?

One asked: "So you telling me that one bottle can withstand more pressure than the specialised submarine?"

Many cast their minds back to the devastating OceanGate submersible disaster last year, which saw five people lose their lives when the sub they were traveling in to visit the Titanic wreck imploded.

But as one poster pointed out, the answer to how the bottle is still intact is quite simple.

The bottle was found in the deepest part of the ocean.
ratpack223/Getty Images

One person theorised: "'Why wasn’t the bottle crushed?' The bottle is open. Water pours inside and balances the difference in pressure between the ocean and the inside of the bottle.

"Somewhat related, but if you grab an egg in your palm and squeeze as hard as you can without digging your fingers into the shell, you probably won’t be able to break it because of its robust shape."

Meanwhile, another person added: "If the pressure were equal inside and out, there would definitely NOT be enough pressure to crush the glass. Why? Because if pressure is equal inside and out, there is effectively NO pressure pushing in on the glass.

"If however, the bottle were sealed at atmospheric pressure and sent down into the Mariana Trench, I would say that it almost definitely would crush the glass due to the differences in pressure."

The OceanGate Titan suffered a 'catastrophic implosion' when venturing into the depths to see the Titanic wreckage.
Becky Kagan Schott/OceanGate Expeditions

In June 2023, the OceanGate submersible set off to visit the famous Titanic wreck and sadly never returned to the surface.

After days of searching, debris from the imploded vessel was found by a search and rescue effort.

The US Coast Guard confirmed that the Titan sub had suffered from a 'catastrophic implosion', which would have killed all on board instantly.

Sadly, all five passengers - Hamish Harding, father and son Shahzada Dawood and Sulaiman Dawood, submersible pilot Paul-Henry Nargeolet and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush - were killed in the implosion.

Featured Image Credit: Caladan Oceanic/ratpack223/Getty Images

Topics: World News, Environment