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?
Bathyscaphe Trieste I asked, “What were the events that lead to you to dive the Marianas Trench?” Don Walsh one of two men to first visit the deepest point of the world’s ocean and one of only three to succeed at this responded quickly. “I found myself there for all the wrong reasons.” Don Walsh . . . → Read More: I Am Science with the First Man to Dive Challenger Deep
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?
Own this rare art print of the Bathyscaphe Trieste, signed by explorers Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh. Details below! Last year saw the passing of a legend, Jacques Piccard. Along with Don Walsh, these two trailblazers forged an era of deep-sea exploration that no other person has been able to supersede. Don and Jacques . . . → Read More: Celebrating the Deepest Dive
Special thanks to Peter Sloss, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center.