Photo: The Sun
An internet search of recent news stories about the Mariana Trench will bring up mentions of the 50th anniversary of the Trieste's decent to Challenger Deep, the only manned expedition to the deepest, darkest chasms of the Mariana Trench, and James Cameron's plans to repeat that feat sometime in the near future. The latest stories throw English Billionaire Richard Branson into the mix, as he has just announced his plans to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench using a jetfighter-like submarine being built in the United States.
So now we have an American billionaire building a submarine in Australia and an English billionaire building a submarine in America. Are there any Australian billionaires out there interested in building a submarine in England?
The Marianas Visitors Authority should be salivating over this. The director of the two most successful films ever made and the owner of one of the world's most visible airlines are vying for the title of first human in fifty years to dive to the deepest, darkest point in the Mariana Trench all while a third party, the X Prize Foundation, is offering a $10 million prize for whoever gets their not first, but twice.
JUMP ON THIS BANDWAGON!
If I were in charge of the Marianas Visitors Authority or if I were the Mayor of Saipan or if I were the Governor of the Marianas, I would up the ante for the winners and I would link the feat to a call for conservation.
Anyone with Google Earth will see that the Mariana Trench lies within the borders of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument, which includes a swath of ocean hit by overfishing, awash in marine debris and severely lacking in education and enforcement dollars. This could help raise awareness of these issues!
It would be a powerful visual to see that although humans have great difficultly reaching the most inaccessible parts of the planet, we've somehow managed to kill the creatures living there and dump our trash there.
And then I would up the ante for the X Prize Foundation's prize. In exchange for being the adventurer who raises awareness of the fragility of our marine environment, you get to be governor of the Marianas or Mayor of Saipan for a day or the Legislature of the Marianas will declare you Honorary Ambassador of the Mariana Trench to the Rest of the World or we'll dedicate a room at the governor's mansion to you which will always be available for your use or something else along those lines.
Can somebody do that please? Or should I just do it as the unemployed blogger living with his mom?
This morning I read theflipflopblog and looked at pictures of pretty clouds and read the Guamazing Advenutre and saw pictures from a couple from Guam's visit to Saipan (this is the blogger whose husband is the Navy pilot who helped rescue the residents of Alamagan after the typhoon back in September).
The other blogs all have posts about Governor Fitial's late night massage and I'm getting tired of reading those stories. Why hasn't he resigned yet?