6.4.12

Listening en inglés Director of Titanic makes Deep Sea Voyage


Hollywood film director James Cameron has returned to dry land after he completed his journey to the Earth's deepest point; the Mariana Trench, about 300 kilometers southwest of the Pacific island of Guam. The trench is about 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon, and more than a one and a half kilometers deeper than the height of Mount Everest.

57 year old Mr Cameron, completed the journey after spending more than three hours underwater, reaching an incredible 11 kilometers deep.

Cameron’s original plan was to spend up to six hours on the ocean floor where he would explore the deep sea environment and, of course, film what he saw before returning to the surface of the ocean. But he had to surface earlier because an hydraulic arm designed to collect samples from the seabed started to leak.

Cameron made the dive in his custom-built submarine called "Deepsea Challenger."

In spite of being a little apprehensive beforehand, he said he wasn't scared or nervous once underwater.

The descent took more than two hours, but the accent was faster than expected, taking only 70 minutes.

As he landed on the bottom he tweeted: "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest point. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can't wait to share what I'm seeing with you.”

Mr Cameron has been an oceanography enthusiast ever since childhood and has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives in different parts of the world. Thirty-three of the dives have been to the wreckage of the Titanic, which was the subject of his 1997 hit film of the same name.

Only once before have People dived to such great depths, and that was in 1960 when Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Capt. Don Walsh took nearly five hours to reach the bottom. They stayed just 20 minutes and had little to report on what they saw, because their submarine kicked up too much sand from the ocean floor to see anything.


Vocabulario

trench > foso, zanja

deeper > más profundo  Enlace para comparatives

leak > gotear, perder liquido o gas

dive > bucear

custom-built > hecho de encargo

In spite of > a pesar de  Enlace para in spite of

apprehensive > preocupado, inquieto

beforehand > antemano, antes

scared > tener miedo, asustado

wreckage > restos de un barco, avion etc

hit film > exitosa película

kicked up (phrasal verb: kick up) > levantar
because their submarine kicked up too much sand from the ocean floor to see anything.
porque su submarino levantaban demasiada arena del fondo del océano para ver algo.



Curso inglés online por Roy Robinson

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