Cameron: Earth's deepest spot desolate, foreboding

March 26, 2012 By SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer
Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron emerges from the Deepsea Challenger submersible after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, Monday March 26, 2011. The dive was part of Deepsea Challenge, a joint scientific expedition by Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research. (AP Photo/Mark Theissen, National Geographic) ONE TIME USE

(AP) -- Diving to the deepest part of the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron says the last frontier on Earth looks an awful lot like another planet: desolate and foreboding.

Cameron on Monday described his three hours on the bottom of the Marianas Trench, nearly 7 miles down in a dark freezing and alien place. He is the only person to dive there solo, using a sub he helped design. He is the first person to reach that depth, 35,576 feet, since it was initially explored in 1960.

Cameron says he worried about being too busy with exploration duties to take in just how amazing this place was. That happened to .

So he says he took time to stare at the moon-like barren surface and to appreciate how alien it is.

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1 / 5 (4) Mar 26, 2012
He is the first person to reach that depth, 35,576 feet, since it was initially explored in 1960.

No he is the third person to reach that depth.
4.8 / 5 (4) Mar 26, 2012
First... since 1960.
5 / 5 (5) Mar 26, 2012
Pics or it didn't happen.

...kidding of course, this is a tremendous achievement. But I really want pics. =)
not rated yet Mar 26, 2012
Pics or it didn't happen.

...kidding of course, this is a tremendous achievement. But I really want pics. =)

Short Video clips.
not rated yet Mar 26, 2012
I want to see the 3DHD stuff
not rated yet Mar 27, 2012
Fantastic trip. For such a desolate, marine life-free, it will be an ideal place for reverse osmosis desalination plants. Just use a bundle of pipes with the RO membrane assemblies at the bottom, fill them with sea water and lower. Start pumping the sea water from the pipes until the water is fresh. Then the lower density water in the pipe will try to push the whole rig up, which is pushed and kept down by its weight. The 1000 bars of pressure at that depth is more than enough for the 100 bars needed for the process. Free fresh water forever...apart from occasional replacement of the membranes and pumping to shore or ship costs!
not rated yet Mar 27, 2012
Oops! Sorry for the nonsense, folks. I forgot there is only about 20% difference in pressures between the full column of fresh water and the outside sea water..only works when the pipe is mostly empty, and the costs of pipe strength and pumping up the gravity well will make no economic sense...Captain Nemo and other deep submariners still can have his fresh water free, though :-)

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