The Mariana Trench is located to the east of Japan, reaching its deepest point of more than 10km at "Challenger Deep"
The Mariana Trench is located to the east of Japan, reaching its deepest point of more than 10km at “Challenger Deep”

By Claire

I don’t know what you do with your Sunday afternoons, but I tend to be quite lazy and end up channel surfing the tv, trying to find something to watch. Due to my complete lack of interest in motor sports, or golf, or the bachelorette, I usually end up watching a documentary.

Yesterday, I came across a documentary on ABC1 called “How the Earth was Made“. The topic of this particular episode of the documentary series was “The Deepest Place on Earth”. They, of course, were referring to the Mariana Trench

The Mariana Trench is the world’s deepest place, reaching depths of over 10km in places. The documentary looks at the reason for the extreme depths reached at this site, and discusses what is known about this location (spoiler alert: very little).

You can check out the documentary on ABC iview (unfortunately, you need to be in Australia to use this site).

You may remember late last year, James Cameron made a record-breaking solo trip down into the Mariana Trench, filming his dive for a 3D documentary. This was all done in conjunction with National Geographic, for a project titled the Deepsea Challenge. You can learn more about this project from their website, including updates on the progress of the project.