If Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth, what is the planet’s deepest point?
You can find it in the Pacific Ocean, specifically in the western Pacific east of the Philippines. It is called the Mariana Trench.
It is a crescent-shaped scar in the Earth’s crust that measures more than 2,550 kilometers long and 69 kilometers wide.
Mount Everest would fit inside it. In fact, if Mount Everest were to be dropped into the Mariana Trench, its peak would still be 1.6 kilometers underwater.
While thousands of hikers have successfully climbed Mount Everest, only two people have been recorded to have descended into the Mariana Trench.
Over 90 percent of the trench is in complete darkness because light reaches only around 1,000 meters deep. Because of the immense water pressure, the temperature at the trench is also freezing.
So how do we see what’s in the trench?
The World’s Most Extreme Moments gives us a peak into this deep world.
It describes the inhabitants there as very peculiar. There is the goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), anglerfish (Lophiiformes), viperfish (Chauliodus), sea cucumber (Holothuroidea), and barreleye fish (Ophisthoproctidae). Recently, a kind of hydromedusae (Crossota) has also been discovered.
The World’s Most Extreme Moments elaborated that the Mariana Trench is home to amazing creatures, many of which have not even been discovered.