Vityaz «-D» may fall below the boundary of the Mariana trench, stated in PEF

© Photo : University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic CenterТрехмерная model of formation of ridges on the bottom of the Mariana trench. Archive photoVityaz «-D» may fall below the boundary of the Mariana trench, stated in PEF© Photo : University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic CenterПодпишись to daily updates RIA Science

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Deep-sea Autonomous apparatus for the study of the Mariana trench, created by request of Fund of perspective researches (FPI), falls in the unexplored «the slick Challenger», which can be deeper than the previously known borders of the basin, said in an interview with RIA Novosti the head of the design team DRF Victor Litvinenko.

Earlier it was reported that on the instructions of the Fund is planned for next year to explore the Mariana trench with the help of ultra-deep Autonomous underwater vehicle. According to Litvinenko, the Russian submersible plunged to the bottom of the Mariana trench in the autumn of 2019.

«The first time we present to everyone the project «‘-D» — the creation of the apparatus for reaching great depths. The opportunity of maximum immersion starts on 12 thousand meters. We understand that the official depth of the Mariana trench a few less, but there is unexplored area. For example, «the slick Challenger», in which nobody was diving and what depth is not known,» said Litvinenko.

According to him, the first time in history will be studied in the bottom of the Mariana trench. «I want to explore the area around the place of descent of the apparatus within a radius of 150 kilometers. Do not rule out new discoveries,» said Litvinenko.

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