Great Moments in Deep-Sea History: Jan. 23, 1960

1960: The diving submersible Trieste descends to the floor of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known place on earth. via Wired

Some pictures from Kevin sent along awhile ago from a “old” submersible chapter from Hill’s The Sea from 1963. The chapter itself is authored by Dietz and covers bathyscaphs and other deep submerisbles for oceanographic research. You can read and see more of the Trieste here. Also check out Sphere and Cheerios & Alvin



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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

One Reply to “Great Moments in Deep-Sea History: Jan. 23, 1960”

  1. descends to the floor of the Mariana Trench

    That would be a very exciting trip! I have to admit that I would be at least a little bit scared, but an exciting trip for sure!
    Dave Briggs :~)

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