When he made his historic solo dive into the Mariana Trench last month, James Cameron brought back images and descriptions of a “lunar like” marine landscape nearly devoid of life.-via National Geographic Returning from humankind’s first solo dive to the deepest spot in the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron said he saw no obvious signs of . . . → Read More: Is Marianas Trench A Lifeless Void?
Deep-sea biology fans can geek out this week by following the proceedings of the 13th Deep-sea Biology Symposium taking place in Wellington, NZ (3-7th December) – the tweets have already begun to roll in under the hashtag #dsbs2012! Word on the street is that there are ~200 deep-sea biologists attending, and the one and only . . . → Read More: Deep-sea researchers convene at #dsbs2012 this week in New Zealand
This is an invited contribution. A marine biologist, who posts here under the pseudonym, Dour Marine Biologist, offers a counter to the media and even DSN hype on Cameron’s dive. I find these points below worth consideration and dialogue. I want to hear your comments below. Since James Cameron’s record-breaking dive on March 26th the . . . → Read More: Shouldn’t We Be More Skeptical of the DeepChallenger Dive?
Image on left: Seafloor Production Tool (SPT) that will be operated at a depth of 1600 meters off the coast of Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals to extract copper and gold from high grade seafloor massive sulphide deposits. Image on Right: Computer generated Bucket-Wheel Excavator used to extract unobtanium from Pandora in James . . . → Read More: James Cameron And The Dawn Of DeepTruth?
An example of one of the many species that inhabit the deep sea. Unlike this cephalopod many still await discovery. Gonatus fabricii swims by the PISCES V submersible during dive P5-625 New Zealand, Kermadec Arc Date 4 May 2005 Source NOAA Photo Library Author New Zealand-American Submarine Ring of Fire 2005 Exploration; NOAA Vents Program . . . → Read More: 10 Reasons Why We Should Explore The Deep
This post is co-authored by Al Dove and Craig McClain In the 1989 James Cameron sci-fi movie The Abyss, there’s a scene when Ed Harris’ character dons a special environmental suit that allows him to breathe an oxygen-laden liquid. Thus protected from the risks of crushing deep-sea pressures (no air = no voids to collapse), . . . → Read More: James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge: a scientific milestone or rich guy’s junket?
Folks, it’s on! Some of you may know of the “race to the bottom”, a confluence of several missions aimed at returning humans to the deepest part of the oceans, the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, south of Guam. The teams include one sponsored by Richard Branson, one from Sylvia Earle’s sub company DOER, . . . → Read More: The biggest deep sea exploration news in 50 years?
Nice write up at the Atlantic about the X Prize for visiting the Challenger Deep. The story covers Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic, James Cameron’s Deep Challenge Team, and Bruce Jone’s Triton Submarines. Branson‘s, Cameron‘s, and Jone‘s efforts have been covered here at DSN. Now, more than 50 years later, humans are nearly ready to return . . . → Read More: Racing to the Bottom: Exploring the Deepest Point on Earth
I was not one of the fans of Avatar. I wasn’t even close. In fact the movie, more specifically the plot and dialogue, made me nauseous. But now I am probably going to be there on opening day for Cameron’s Part 2 of this stinking heap of a movie. Cameron has apparently decided to have . . . → Read More: Avatar 2: Now With More Deep Sea.