National Geographic explorer in residence and world renowned James Cameron will soon be diving to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean, 35,000 feet, as part of a general research trip, but also as preparation for Avatar 2, which, as rumor says, will take place under the sea. This trip has been preceded from previous expeditions by Cameron himself to the bottom of lake Baikal in Russia. This will be the first attempt to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the last 50 years. Watch videos below!
The Mariana Trench or Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands. The trench is about 2,550 kilometres (1,580 mi) long but has a mean width of only 69 kilometres (43 mi). It reaches a maximum-known depth of about 10.91 kilometres (6.78 mi) (35,800 ft) at the Challenger Deep, a small slot-shaped valley in its floor, at its southern end, although some unrepeated measurements place the deepest portion at 11.03 kilometres (6.85 mi).
James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter, visual artist, editor, environmentalist and inventor. His writing and directing work includes Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Dark Angel(2000–2002).
In the time between making Titanic and his return to feature films with Avatar (2009), Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films (specifically underwater documentaries), and also co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System. Described by a biographer as part-scientist and part-artist, Cameron has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards overall, and received half of them, three Oscars forTitanic.
In total, Cameron’s directorial efforts have grossed approximately US$2 billion in North America and US$6 billion worldwide. Without adjusting for inflation, Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time at $1.84 billion and $2.78 billion respectively. In March 2011 he was named Hollywood’s top earner by Vanity Fair, with estimated 2010 earnings of $257 million.
Watch James Cameron National Geographic Mariana Trench trip preparations: Find below an animation of the Mariana Trench by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).