The Mariana Trench
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I saw a story in the news today in Popular Science - UPDATE: Bush’s Tropical Paradise - about Bush creating the Mariana, Rose Atoll and Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments. As the story writes ....
This is truly a singular place, almost untouched by humans. These pristine reefs, atolls and islands teem with a spectacular array of life. It is one of few remaining places where top predators like sharks and tuna still swim in abundance, home to endangered sea turtles, hundreds of fish species, porpoises, humpback and pilot whales. 300 species of stony corals. Giant clams. Literally millions of seabirds and migratory shorebirds. This place is a living laboratory offering a peek into what reef communities looked like hundreds of years ago. The Mariana monument cradles the famous Mariana Trench, a geologic wonder nearly seven miles deep and five times as long as the soon-to-be-mined Grand Canyon. It also encompasses an acidic undersea that boils with submerged active volcanoes and thermal vents that house otherworldly, little-studied deep-sea species.
It's just so weird for me to like something Bush has done :) and I know that his foot dragging on global warming will harm the area anyway, but still, this is great! Here's a little about the Mariana Trench from Wikipedia ....
"The Mariana Trench (or Marianas Trench) is the deepest part of the world's oceans, and the deepest location on the surface of the Earth's crust. It has a maximum depth of about 11,033 meters (36,201 feet), and is located in the western North Pacific Ocean, to the east and south of the Mariana Islands, near Guam.
The trench forms the boundary between two tectonic plates, where the Pacific Plate is subducted beneath the small Mariana Plate. The bottom of the trench is farther below sea level than Mount Everest is above it (8,850m/29,035ft). At the bottom, the water column above exerts a pressure of 108.6 MPa, over one thousand times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level."
You can read more about the Mariana Trench at Mariana Trench.com and you can read more about deep sea creatures here at Wikipedia, which has some great links at the bottom.
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