Via Rick, news on the wire is that the deepest spot in the ocean may soon be included in a marine monument.
As mentioned earlier today, my Saipan colleague Angelo Villagomez is leading the charge on the creation of a new marine monument in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The proposed monument would in part recognize the significance of the Mariana Trench, which at a depth of 6.8 miles is the deepest part of the world’s oceans, and the deepest location on the surface of the Earth’s crust.
The deepest part of the ocean, and deepest part in the earth’s crust, is Marianas Trench at 10,911m (6.78 miles). In 1960, Picard and Walsh reached this spot in the Trieste. JAMSTECS’s Kaiko, an unmanned ROV, repeatedly has visited the deepest part of the trench. Rick lists the “top five reasons that a Mariana Trench marine monument would be kick-ass”. His number three “Mariana Trench provides convenient access to Earth core in event that mantle circulation needs jump start, a la The Core” However, because of the equatorial bulge (yes this post is laden with innuendo) you are closer to the earth’s core when you in the Arctic abyssal plain (~4,500m; 3,947 miles from the core) than in the Marianas Trench (3,955,9 miles). The best of the list is new proposed slogan “The CNMI: You’ll Love How Deep We Go”. Other things to add to the list…
6. We can totally get this rockin’ group to do the promos
7. We can protect Meg’s habitat
8. DSN can shamelessly talk about the monument in post after post, driving up our hits, and putting more money in our pockets.
9. If the monument goes up we can spend long hours in workshops about how to “frame the issue”, create an internet feud, and then tell others to F#$@ You Very Much.
10. One more reason I need to buy this.