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James Cameron succeeds in Mariana Trench dive

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div class="track"img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"Hollywood director surfaces after making the world's second ever descent to the deepest point of Earth's oceans/ppThe Hollywood director James Cameron has completed his submarine journey to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of Earth's oceans./ppThe director of Titanic and Avatar used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly seven miles (11km). He spent time exploring and filming the trench, about 200 miles south-west of the Pacific island of Guam, according to members of the National Geographic expedition./ppCameron returned to the surface of the Pacific on Monday morning, said Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society./ppHis return was a "faster-than-expected 70-minute ascent", according to National Geographic./ppThe trench is 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than a mile deeper than Mt Everest is tall./ppCameron made the dive in his 12-tonne, lime green sub called Deepsea Challenger. A Swiss engineer, Jacques Piccard, and Don Walsh, a US navy captain, have been the only others to reach the trench. They spent about 20 minutes there during their 1960 dive but couldn't see much after their sub kicked up sand from the sea floor./ppOne of the risks of a dive so deep is extreme water pressure. At 6.8 miles below the surface the pressure is the equivalent of three four-wheel drives sitting on your toe./ppCameron had said after a 5.1 mile deep practice run near Papua New Guinea this month that the pressure "is in the back of your mind". The submarine would implode in an instant if it leaked, he said./ppBut while he was a little apprehensive beforehand, he wasn't scared or nervous while underwater. "When you are actually on the dive you have to trust the engineering was done right," he said./ppThe director has been an oceanography enthusiast since childhood and has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives. Thirty-three of those dives have been to the wreckage of the Titanic, the subject of his 1997 hit film./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href=""James Cameron/a/lilia href=""Oceans/a/li/ul/divbr/div class="terms"a href="" copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href=",,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href=""More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /
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