Long Way Down: Mariana Trench
Seven miles is a long way down… more than a mile deeper than Mt. Everest is up. To reach the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, James Cameron will descend past some pretty amazing milestones. Here’s a glimpse.
Sounding the Deepest Spot on Earth
Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench near Guam is the deepest spot on Earth. How do we know? We didn’t look for it. We listened.
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans, and the lowest elevation of the surface of the Earth’s crust. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands. The Trench is 2, 542 km (1,580 miles) long and 69 km (43 miles) at the widest point.
The Mariana Trench is formed by the shifting between two tectonic plates: the Pacific Plate and the Mariana Plate. The Trench is 11,033 metres (36,201 feet), (6033.5) fathoms deep, with pressure at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench is over 8 imperial tons per square inch – and is home to a rich variety of fellow-creatures…
Be sure to check out the photo link if you or the kid have yet to see what lurks down in the deep! And for related watching: a Mariana Trench dive video playlist of James Cameron’s recent groundbreaking journey to the bottom, or this video of his return.
It was a sizzling summer for social media. As we move into fall, here’s a look at some of the major milestones.
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
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The “bush with more birds than leaves, almost” is something I saw last time I was in Oklahoma. Now I’m back! If you’re anywhere near Tulsa, you should come by the Philbrook Museum tonight for The Graphic Art of Lisa Hanawalt. I’ll be hosting an “animals wearing hats” drawing contest (!) from 6-7pm, then reading some of my comics, talking about art and answering questions from 7-8pm.
Found an iPhone today in the road. Rather yesterday, I saw it lying in the middle turn lane on a 4 lane road when I came in to work and saw it still there when I left work, and finally went to grab it this morning since it was still there. I was hoping that I might be able to return it to whomever it belonged to, but that was before I saw the sad state of it when I picked it up.
I plugged it into my work computer and iTunes started right up but the thing was FUBAR’d beyond hope and wouldn’t even return a serial number or how much storage it contained.
Sorry person-who-lost-their-phone, I tried.