On the way into work this morning we found a very interesting article in London’s Metro Newspaper. Richard Branson, entrepreneur and adventure is planning an expedition to explore some of the world’s deepest underwater trenches.
With plans already in place to send tourists into space, Branson will pilot the first of five trips in the innovative Challenger Deep which can descend to 11,000 m (36,000 ft) and can remain under water for up to 24 hours.
|Richard Branson and the Challenger Deep, originally commissioned by the
late Steve Fossett
Branson outlined the significance of the expeditions: ‘We are seriously pushing the boundaries of human endeavour‘. He continued, ‘We are going to come across some fascinating creatures and learn some fascinating things that hopefully will be useful for mankind’.
The deep sea expeditions will be:
- Molloy Deep, Arctic Ocean – 5,606m (18,392ft)
- South Sandwich Trench, Southern Ocean – 7,235m (23,736ft)
- Diamantina Trench, Indian Ocean – 8,047m (26,400ft)
- Puerto Rico Trench, Atlantic Ocean – 8,380m (27,493ft)
- Mariana Trench, Pacific Ocean – 11,034m (36,200ft)