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Reaching New Depths

posted Mar 24, 2021, 12:50 AM by Yvette Geroleo   [ updated Mar 24, 2021, 1:43 AM ]

Dr. Deo Florence Onda of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute successfully completed the submersible dive to the deepest part of the Philippine Trench. This deepest point is called the Emden Deep and is 10,540 meters below sea surface. Can you imagine what that means? The highest mountain in the Philippines is Mt Apo standing at 2,956 meters above sea level.  The highest mountain on Earth is Mt Everest standing at 8,849 meters above sea level. A Filipino scientist reached depths greater than the Mt. Everest’s height. Truly a proud moment for the Philippines.

“I hope that the Filipino people will be able to share in my experience of the Emden Deep. I want them to appreciate and understand that this unstudied and unknown region is an extension of their marine heritage. I would also like to think that this feat was realized in recognition of the contributions of the Filipino scientists, and that we can all accomplish great things given proper support and recognition.”  - Assoc. Prof Deo Florence Onda

This exploration was made possible in collaboration with Caladan Oceanic, a private company that develops undersea technology. Dr. Onda plunged into the Philippine trench on board DSV Limiting Factor and in the company of Caladan Oceanic founder Mr. Victor Vescovo, who currently holds the record for the deepest manned descent into the Marianas Trench in 2019.