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James Cameron Begins His Deep-Sea Dive 162

James Cameron is on his way down. The director's long-planned trip to the deepest spot on Earth — the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep — is in progress; by the time you read this, if all goes well, Cameron will be navigating around in depths unvisited since 1960. National Geographic's coverage of the dive is excellent as well, as is the BBC's (with video).
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James Cameron Begins His Deep-Sea Dive

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  • That's neat! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 25, 2012 @06:06PM (#39469309)

    I personally think that deep trenches are at least as interesting as outer space, if not even more so. There is a rich flora and fauna which have evolved to adapt to the high pressure and lack of sunlight and oxygen at such depths, it almost makes them seem like species that are alien to this planet.

    Unfortunately, travelling and exploring the the murky depths are prohibitively expensive for the average guy. A small excursion itself would cost about $40,000, so I would imagine that James Camerons trip is going to cost several hundred thousand dollars. Ah, I envy the rich. :)

    Anyway, here's to hoping that he gets excellent clips.

  • The New Adventurers (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheMiddleRoad ( 1153113 ) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @06:31PM (#39469507)

    The rich men are at it again. Some are going into outer space. Some are going under the ocean. I can't wait for the earth explorers, digging down deep into the crust.

  • Re:Good (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @08:46PM (#39470459) Journal

    Reminds me of one Michael Caine's most brilliant ripostes. When asked about what he thought of Jaws 4, he replied "I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."

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