Exploring the Deep Ocean

China Pictorial (English) - - News -

June 13, Yap Trench, West Pa­cific: Jiao­long, China’s manned sub­mersible, sur­faces af­ter a dive, com­plet­ing the third stage of the coun­try’s 38th oceanic ex­pe­di­tion.

Af­ter each dive, the crew of the sub­mersible brought back many in­trigu­ing pho­tos and videos of sea crea­tures and un­der­wa­ter ge­og­ra­phy, as well as sam­ples of sea­wa­ter, sed­i­ment, rocks and deep-sea life, which can yield a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how or­gan­isms adapt to and live in ex­treme en­vi­ron­ments.

The ex­pe­di­tion, which be­gan on Fe­bru­ary 6, was the long­est yet, and in­cluded the most mis­sions for Jiao­long so far. The first two stages took place in the In­dian Ocean and the South China Sea re­spec­tively, ear­lier this year. Named af­ter a myth­i­cal dragon, Jiao­long reached its deep­est point of 7,062 me­ters in the Mar­i­ana Trench in June 2012.

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