The day people reached the deepest place on Earth – level 2

23-01-1960

At the beginning of 1960, two men were preparing for a journey to the deepest place on planet Earth. They were above the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The media didn’t know what they were planning. They wanted to go down to the depth of almost 11 kilometres in a small submarine.

It was something that nobody tried before. Nobody knew what was waiting at the bottom of the ocean and what the place really looked like.

On January 23, 1960, the sea over the Mariana Trench wasn’t calm. However, Don Walsh and Jacques Picard got on board of their submarine. The submarine was only a little bigger than a fridge. They started to go down.

At 150 metres, it started to be dark. They saw some big fish. At 1,600 metres, they saw a scary fish which they didn’t recognize.

Five hours later, the submarine came to the sandy bottom of the Mariana Trench. Through the window, both men could see a 30-centimetre long fish. It was clear that even in the deepest place on the planet, there was life.

Difficult words: Mariana Trench (the deepest place in the ocean), media (television and radio stations and newspapers), depth (the distance from top to bottom), look like (how people see something), even (surprisingly also).

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