Can you survive a dive into the Mariana trench? Are there sharks lurking within? The ocean covers 71% of Planet Earth’s surface, but a whopping 95% of that ocean is completely uncharted. That’s right, mankind knows more about the cold void of space than we do about the bottom of our own oceans.
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The average depth of the ocean floor at any given point is about 12,000 feet, or roughly 4x the size of the Burj Khalifa, but that’s just the average ~ parts of the ocean get much, much deeper than that. Located beneath the western Pacific Ocean, at the southern end of the Marianas Trench, a small pocket known only as Challenger Deep is believed to be approximately 36,200 feet deep – meaning you can put the entirety of Mount Everest into Challenger Deep, and it would still be 2 KILOMETERS below water.
So check out this video to discover all the different ways humans have tried to reach the bottom of the deep blue sea, and find out more about the only three humans that have managed to make the trip unscathed. We promise you, the most recent voyager will surprise you!