Into the Midnight Zone…

I’m sure that most of you have either heard, or read about the fact that filmmaker James Cameron recently took a trip to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in a fully customized manned submarine called the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER.  He voyaged to Challenger Deep, which is the lowest point of the Trench at a depth of 35,800 feet (almost seven miles).  (If you’d like to hear more about this exploration, there’s a short video from Cameron himself here.)

This momentous undertaking by Cameron was done in partnership with Rolex and the National Geographic Foundation.  Most of us are familiar with National Geographic for its famed publications and historic photographs, but Nat Geo also plays a huge part in promoting exploration and education worldwide through a series of partnerships.  Here are but a few of note:

I think I’ve mentioned before that they’re in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions for some pretty amazing expedition voyages.  If you’d like to read more about them, and get first-hand accounts of some of their voyages, go to the AllThingsCruise home page, and type in National Geographic in the search window (it’s at the top right).

National Geographic is also partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and together they bring-hi tech multimedia science into the classroom years ahead of textbooks, allowing educators to connect directly with scientists.

National Geographic runs National Geographic Education (this is the new beta site), formerly known as National Geographic Xpeditions, which offers a large array of incredible science lesson plans for students of all ages. They also offer a neat interactive kids site here.

All of this… and much more.  What a remarkable contribution they make to supporting and educating the citizens of our planet.

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