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Remember Sly Sludge, the villain from the popular '90s cartoon Captain Planet? Probably not, since he was a minor character voiced by Martin Sheen, and we're always struggling for pop culture references here at Gizmodo. Nevertheless, the evil message of Sly Sludge -- that we can't just wish our pollution problems away -- is currently destroying ecosystems at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

On April 20, NOAA scientists working on the Okeanos Explorer dispatched their prized Deep Discoverer robot to scour the floor of the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on the surface of the Earth. Little is known about the ecology of this 11km crevice -- in fact, it's often said that we know more about the surface of Mars.