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“Titanic” Director Dives to the Bottom of the Ocean

Published by: Andy on 26th Mar 2012 | View all blogs by Andy

“Titanic” Director Dives to the Bottom of the Ocean

James Cameron, director of blockbuster films like “Titanic” and “Avatar,” made history this weekend by becoming the first man to reach the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean alone.  In fact, the journey has only been taken once before, when two men traveled to the deepest spot in the world's oceans in 1960.  Cameron began his journey early Sunday afternoon eastern time, and took two hours and 36 minutes to descend the nearly seven miles to the bottom of the trench.  He spent several hours on the ocean floor before beginning a 70-minute ascent back to the ocean's surface.

The massive depth of the Marianas Trench is difficult to grasp.  Scientists describe the massive canyon at the bottom of the ocean as 120 times the size of the Grand Canyon, and more than a mile deeper than the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest, reaches into the sky.  Once Cameron reached the bottom of the trench in his specially designed submarine dubbed the Deepsea Challenger, he reportedly used special tools attached to the vehicle to collect samples of the surrounding seawater and the ocean floor.

James Cameron has been an oceanography enthusiast since childhood, and has made a total of 72 deep-sea submersible dives, 33 of which were aimed at the study of the wreckage of the Titanic, the subject of Cameron's hit 1997 film named for the ship.



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