|Elizabeth White, Mariana Trench Vehicle, The Cape and Islands NPR Stations, 4 December 2006|
The Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean is the deepest point in the world's crust. The trench plunges 11,000 meters below the ocean's surface, and is deeper than Mt. Everest is tall. The trench was surveyed by the Royal Navy in 1951, but little is known about the region. Today, engineers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are building a unique underwater vehicle capable of exploring the deepest depths of the trench. Named Nereus, the vehicle will hopefully bring a wealth of scientific data to the surface.
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