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James Cameron Visits the Mariana Trench: the Deepest Place in the World

2012/03/26 by editor

The guy who we know as having directed film greats such as “Avatar” and “Titanic” lived out his own real-life adventure over the weekend. James Cameron traveled in a one-person submarine down into the 7-mile deep Mariana Trench, an underwater canyon 120 times bigger than the Grand Canyon and over a full mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall. Do I sense that his next film might just take place in the ocean and involve some of the strange deep-sea creatures he may encounter in his dive? Ker Than of National Geographic reported live from Guam when Cameron touched down at the bottom of the trench:

“At 5:52 p.m. ET Sunday (7:52 a.m. Monday, local time), James Cameron arrived at the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, members of the National Geographic expedition have confirmed.

His depth on arrival: 35,756 feet (10,898 meters)—a figure unattainable anywhere else in the ocean.

Reaching bottom, the National Geographic explorer and filmmaker typed out welcome words for the cheering support crew waiting at the surface: “All systems OK.”

Folded into a sub cockpit as cramped as any Apollo capsule, the National Geographic explorer and filmmaker is now investigating a seascape more alien to humans than the moon. Cameron is only the third person to reach this Pacific Ocean valley southwest of Guam (map)—and the only one to do so solo.”

To read the rest of this remarkable article about Cameron’s deep sea dive into the Mariana Trench, click here.

That move takes major cojones. No one on the planet has ever performed a solo dive of that depth before, and I don’t know about you guys, but am I the only one who would be sent into fits of claustrophobia being cramped into a tiny sub the size of “an Apollo capsule”? James Cameron, you are indeed the man.


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