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How Deep Is the Ocean?

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How Low Can You Go?

Indeed, it seems as though we know more about outer space than we do about the deep, watery depths of our own planet.

The ocean, her vastness and resiliency, have remained enduring mysteries to the human race for thousands of years. Our myths, legends, and histories are steeped in the waters of the world, and as it grows more threatened we realize that the ocean is the source of all life.

So just how deep is the ocean? We don’t quite have the technology to take humans to her deepest depths, so we’re left here on shore forced to wonder what lies below.

The Mariana Trench located in the western Pacific is the deepest part of the ocean floor, believed to reach some 35,800 feet in the Challenger Deep. But since this might not mean anything without reference, here’s a handy infographic to help you out.

ocean intro

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Mount Everest doesn’t even compare to the bottom of the ocean…

40 Meters

ocean 1

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Maximum depth for recreational scuba divers.

301 Meters

ocean 2

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Height of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world from its construction in 1889 until the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930.