Deepest Point on Earth Reached

Date: 1/7/2012

Director James Cameron used a specially designed submarine called Deepsea Challenger to dive nearly 11 kilometres. He arrived at a depth of 10,898 metres, to spend six hours exploring, filming and collecting samples. The Mariana Trench (320 km southwest of the Pacific island of Guam) is 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than 1.6 km deeper than Mount Everest is tall. The only time anyone had dived to these depths was in 1960 when Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and US Navy Capt Don Walsh took nearly five hours to reach the bottom and stayed 20 minutes.

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