Thursday, November 02, 2006

24,000 Feet Up And Still At Sea Level

We went over the Puerto Rico Trench during our cruise. Twice we did it; once down and once back. It's the lowest spot in the Atlantic Ocean. So here we are at 24,000 feet above ground but still at sea level, and we never noticed a thing.

I was not aware of any physical differences. The air pressure, constantly at sea level, naturally did not change. The ship still drew the same amount of water, we did not tilt as we went over the edge. But the ground dropped away from us fast; fast and deep.

I felt just a little disappointed that we went from "not that deep" to "wow! holy mackerel! deep" without any noticeable effect on us or the ship. You'd think there would be some sort of indication, some bump, a little side roll.

At 24,000 feet and still at sea level, I expected more.

1 Comments:

Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

I jumped off the bridge one time while we were DIW for a swim call, and for once I was not afraid of hitting the bottom, as there was a 6000 foot trip to get there. Funny how swimming in 10 feet of water you feel comfortable but in 6K? Wow!

November 05, 2006 5:50 PM  

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