Public Event: Deep Ocean Exploration: Trenches



Saturday, August 24, 2013

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Schedule of Events


The only two vehicles currently capable of reaching the Challenger Deep -- the deepest part of the ocean will be on display on the WHOI dock from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus, designed and built by WHOI, explored the Challenger Deep in 2009, collecting biological and geological samples, as well as imagery. It has also been used as a tool for scientific exploration in trenches in the Caribbean and plays a major role in plans to explore the trenches in 2014 and beyond.  The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER was built by James Cameron and his team, and was used by Cameron for his historic, record-breaking solo dive to the Challenger Deep in 2012. Cameron donated the vehicle to WHOI in 2013.

WHOI Dock • 98 Water Street, Woods Hole
Gates open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No ticket required for vehicle tours


Auditorium Presentations

Learn about scientific exploration in the deepest parts of the sea -- the trenches. Extending from depths of 6,500 meters (~21,000 ft) to 11,000 meters (~36,000 ft), the trenches are a vast unknown part of our planet. WHOI scientists and engineers are working together to probe these depths using vehicles capable of withstanding pressures of 16,000 pounds per square inch. Hear about the dynamism of the trenches -- earthquakes, volcanoes, and subducting tectonic plates from WHOI geologist Dan Lizarralde, the life forms found in the trenches from WHOI biologist Tim Shank, and the challenges engineers face when building a vehicle to reach these depths from WHOI engineer Andy Bowen.

There will be two shows:
10:30 a.m.  &   12:30 p.m.
Redfield Auditorium • 45 Water Street, Woods Hole

Auditorium Reservations
Both presentations are fully subscribed ("sold out"). The talks will be broadcast into an overflow room adjacent to Redfield Auditorium, as well as on the Web.


This program will be webcast live on August 24.

» View webcast

For more information:
Contact the WHOI Information Office at 508-289-2252 or


Because public parking is extremely limited in the village of Woods Hole, visitors are encouraged to park in the town of Falmouth and take the WHOOSH trolley to Woods Hole. Information about the trolley is available from the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce (800/526-8532 or 508/548-8500) or from the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (800-352-7155).