Entertainment

James Cameron to go under water again

James Cameron
James Cameron

THE muses for some of his greatest cinematographic successes lie deep below the waves, but now, film director James Cameron plans to explore even further into the watery unknown.

He is about to set out for the deepest point of the world's oceans in a submersible in which he will hardly be able to move.

The director of Titanic and The Abyss will attempt to lead only the second manned expedition to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the surface of the western Pacific Ocean, where the pressure will be equivalent to 1.1 tonnes per square centimetre - a little less than the weight of two small cars.

"Every single dive, I'm going to see something no one's ever seen before," said Cameron, a longtime fan of deep-sea exploration.

"I'm going to do my best to image it, light it properly, bring it back in 3D - grab samples if I can, grab rocks if I can.

"We are there to do science, but we are also there to take the average person who only imagines these things and show them what it is really like."

When he arrives in the trench, Cameron will be boldly going where very few indeed have gone before.

"More people have been on the Moon than have been to the deepest part of the ocean," said Dr Carol Turley of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

"There is little knowledge and it is exciting to think of what might be found."

The only previous manned dive to the bottom of the trench, 35,814 feet below sea level, was led by former US Navy captain Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard, in 1960.

Through the cracked window of their submersible, they reported seeing a dark brown "diatomaceous ooze" covering the sea floor, along with shrimp and some fish that appeared to resemble flounder and sole.

Cameron has enlisted many of the teams he used to make his films for help in his own attempt.

But he will be cramped during his nine-hour descent.

His bright green submersible - the Challenger Deep - weighs 11 tonnes and is more than 7m long, but has an internal compartment measuring only 109cm across.

Its small diameter means Cameron will barely be able to move his arms and will have to keep his legs bent.

And while the director said he hopes to observe the trench floor, the amount of wildlife he is expected to find there is extremely limited.

An unmanned mission in 2009 found only six animal species, including worms, sea cucumbers and crustaceans.

Steve McPhail, an expert on submersibles at the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton, said: "The pressure is enormous at that depth and you have to take all of your energy with you.

"So the submersible will rely on at least two dry areas, one for the pilot [Cameron] and one for its power supply."

The Mariana Trench lies off the coast of the island of Guam.

A small valley named Challenger Deep is the deepest part of the ocean, and Cameron's target.

Topics:  james cameron



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

EXCLUSIVE: New restaurant sensation for Sizzler building

SIZZLER: Meekak is set to open in the old Sizzler building in Bundaberg.

And it's opening in just a couple of months

Forecasters say big wet may end region's big dry

Higgins Storm Chasing says big rain is on the way.

Higgins and BoM say rain's on the way

Cucumber virus results due next week, growers told

NASTY BUG: Green cucumber mottle mosaic virus affects the entire cucurbit family: cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and zucchini.

'Everyone was interested to know what it means'

Local Partners

Forget fries, get drive-through fruit and veg in Bundy

IT'S a combination of drive-through and hydroponics that will have foodies coming back for more.


Quality players on their way for beach volleyball event

GOING LOW: Brett Redgen competing in the Queensland Beach Volleyball event in Bargara last year.

Preparations on track for top weekend

Red balloons to fly in show of support for firies

MORNING TEA: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett was joined by firefighters from across the region at a special morning tea to honour their service in the community today.

Show appreciation for region's firefighters

Region's students on their bikes next month

HOP ON BOARD: Friday, March 17, is National Ride2School Day.

Riding fun, healthy and improves classroom performance

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Bundy's newest spy hits America

Bundy man stars on screen

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ipswich facing housing shortage: Property expert

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!