The Race Is On For The Bottom Of The Ocean

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Over the next year four teams are in a race to reach the bottom of the ocean. This is not an ordinary race; it’s a race to the deepest point on Earth. The Mariana Trench.  The Mariana Trench reaches the depth of 7 miles or 36,069 feet below the western Pacific Ocean. The trench is as deep as tall Mount Everest (29,029 feet).

The Mariana Trench is located east of the Mariana Islands, which is between Japan and Papua New Guinea.

Only once has a manned attempt to reach the bottom of the ocean, which occurred back in 1960 with the successful dive by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard.  The two men were lowered in a Bathyscaphe that took five hours to reach the ocean bottom.  Not since then has another manned attempt been made.

The four groups racing to make the next manned attempted, are:

Triton Adventure Tourism
Virgin Sub-Backed by Sir Richard Branson
Doer Sub-Backed by Google
James Cameron, director the movies Avatar and Titanic

To learn more about the race and ocean click here.