What's 10 km Under Sea Surface? This Filipino Scientist Returns from There

What's 10 km Under Sea Surface? This Filipino Scientist Returns from There

Deo Florence Onda has completed a historic dive to Emden Deep, the third deepest place on earth. Emden Deep is located in the Philippine Trench and is 10 kilometers deep.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

The Filipino scientist resurfaced in the deep-sea submersible DSV Limiting Factor, along with American explorer Victor Vescovo, making Onda the first Filipino to not only reach this depth, but also the first one to explore the Philippine Trench.

How Deep Is Emden Deep Compared to the Two Deepest Points on Earth?

All three deepest points on earth have depths of more than 10 kilometers. These are Emden Deep, Horizon Deep, and Challenger Deep. 

Emden Deep has a depth of 10,045 meters. The second-deepest point on earth is the Horizon Deep located in Tonga Trench off the coast of New Zealand, which has a depth of 10,800 meters. Challenger Deep, which is located in the Mariana Trench in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has a depth of 10,929 meters. 

The Emden Deep is located in the Philippine Trench which is located in the Philippine Sea. Until Onda's dive, no deep-sea explorations have been made in Emden Deep. 

Onda's Return

Onda came out of the one-of-a-kind submersible with a huge smile and yup, the Philippine flag proudly in his hands! Pictures posted by DSSV Pressure Drop, the vessel carrying Onda and Vescovo's team, to Facebook around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 show Limiting Factor breaching the surface after the historic journey.

Onda and Vescovo were the two-man team who dove into the trench using the Limiting Factor. Onda, a microbial oceanographer of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, was invited by Vescovo and his foundation, Caladan Oceanic, to be a part of this exploration of one of the world's least-studied areas. 

The two left their home vessel, DSSV Pressure Drop, in the early morning of March 22. By noon, a video of the crew aboard the ship celebrating a touchdown of 10,045 meters was uploaded to their Facebook page.



Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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