Antarctica’s new deepest point, the ‘Factorian Deep,’ mapped for first time

Researchers have released the most detailed map yet of Antarctica’s frigid Southern Ocean, including the ocean’s new deepest point, the Factorian Deep, which lies almost 24,400 feet (7,437 meters) below the sea’s surface.

Located at a depth approximately equivalent to 17 Empire State Buildings stacked top to bottom, the Factorian Deep was discovered by American explorer and entrepreneur Victor Vescovo in 2019 as part of his Five Depths Expedition to map the deepest points of the five seas. Vescovo personally piloted a submersible called “Limiting Factor” (for which the factorian Deep) to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean’s South Sandwich Trench – an underwater canyon stretching some 600 miles (965 kilometers) of seafloor between South America and the Atlantic Ocean Antarctic.

https://www.livescience.com/antarctica-southern-ocean-factorian-deep Antarctica’s new deepest point, the ‘Factorian Deep,’ mapped for first time

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