Daily Archives: 01/12/2004

Bring On The HROV’s

Challenger Deep vs. Mt. Everest - © BBCSounds like we are on the cusp of a major breakthrough in deep sea exploration. Submersible ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicle) are becoming more capable and powerful, and a new class of underwater submersibles is emerging, HROV’s (Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle), capable of independent exploration without the use of cumbersome tethers.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Next-generation robots take the plunge

Perhaps a new exploration of the Marianas Trench, just offshore of Guam is in order. The Marianas Trench is one of the most activity earthquakes zones on the planet, as the Pacific Plate slips beneath the Philippine Plate. The Challenger Deep is the deepest point in all the world’s oceans. In fact, if Mt. Everest were placed in the Marianas Trench, the summit of the mountain would still be two kilometers beneath the waves. That’s pretty damn deep.