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Exploring Beyond the Abyss: The Deep Sea Challenge Expedition

James Cameron Deep Sea Challenge
Explorer-filmmaker James Cameron emerges from his sub after returning from Challenger Deep.
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

In spring 2012, the Deep Sea Challenge Expedition, with film director and National Geographic Explorer in Residence James Cameron, conducted submersible operations in the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench.

In “Exploring Beyond the Abyss: The Deep Sea Challenge Expedition,” Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Doug Bartlett, the chief scientist of this headline expedition and a leading expert in microbial life in the planet’s most remote and extreme places,  describes what the journey was like and how his research is providing greater insight into how organisms thrive in such extreme depths of the ocean.

Watch it online now and take your own expedition inside the video archive of the fascinating “Perspectives on Ocean Science” series.

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“Avatar” as Education

Plants have a lot to teach us about how our planet works, and movies like the blockbuster “Avatar,” in which plants play an important role, can inspire us to pay closer attention to them.


Jodie Holt, a professor of plant physiology at UC Riverside — and the botanical consultant on the James Cameron film– discusses what she taught Hollywood about plants and what Hollywood can teach us about our planet.

Watch What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet from UC Riverside’s Earth 101 series.

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