The Deepsea Challenger enters the waters...
It's always a point of contention - does exploring our frontiers open them up to traffic and wear-and-tear? Or, does it raise our awareness of the beauties of the extremes of our surroundings, and thus ensure that awareness translates to preservation and protection.
James Cameron is one of this world's great explorers. Cameron's unparalleled successes in having directed the two highest grossing films in box-office history has afforded him the wealth and the profile to make things happen - which now includes manning the Deepsea Challenger to the floor of the Mariana Trench.
Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the trench has an elevation of -35,994' (-10,971 m) - that is, it's about as far below the ocean's surface as an airplane would ordinarily fly above it.
Here's he official word on the film, which opens nation-wide today, followed by some incredible pics, below:
"DEEPSEACHALLENGE 3D follows the dramatic story of James Cameron’s odyssey as he undertakes an expedition to the deepest part of the ocean. This is a journey of historic proportion and risk. The film will mesmerize viewers of all ages with the thrill of true discovery and the allure of the unknown, of new life forms, and of vistas never before captured on camera — all right here on planet Earth."