• Damon Swisher

They Reached The Deepest Place on Earth

Might be helpful for some extreme games of limbo.

Three Chinese researchers, according to China Daily, made the plunge of all plunges into a terrifying and "alien" world (as described by James Cameron, 2012) and joined the rather small group of people who can claim they've been to the lowest place on Earth: The Marianas Trench.

Using the new manned submersible built in China, the Fendouzhe - which means "striver" in Chinese - the crew was able to safely dive and reach a depth of 35,791 feet - which is 10,909 meters or almost 7 MILES. Whoo! That's deep! That's approximately 6000 feet higher (deeper?) than Mount Everest, which is known as the tallest point on Earth. However, they fell somewhat short of the world record - 35,873 feet, which was reached by Victor Vescovo.

While the researchers were down there, they collected some sediment, rock, and biological samples - likely, we will find out more about their research in the months or years to come. Either way, reaching this depth was an important benchmark for the country, which set their own previous record of 10,000 feet just a few months before with the same submersible vehicle.

The Marianas Trench was first explored 80 years ago in the 1960's (Yes, that recent in human history - my own grandmothers were alive at this time!) but what's even more shocking is that it wasn't revisited until 2012, when James Cameron famously took his deep dive into the abyss in order to see what it was like - and show off how it is to be a rich millionaire. As I mentioned before, upon witnessing what it was like, he described it as a "desolate" and "alien" place. Well, I would think so - considering we know more about the Moon or Mars that we know about the deep sea, it might as well be alien to us. Thankfully, extremely successful ventures like these deep dives will bring us closer to understanding our own planet, especially the more extreme environments it has.

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