Here's how the deepest valley of Earth sounds like

By Souvik Das | Published on Mar 07 2016
Here's how the deepest valley of Earth sounds like
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of USA sent a Titanium-encased hydrophone to Challenger Deep, the deepest point of Mariana Trench, and the audio sounds scarily dark.

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The Earth, even after millions of explorations and studies, remain to be a playground of mysteries. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States Department of Commerce carried out an exploration in Challenger Deep, the deepest valley on Earth, sitting deep inside the mysterious depths of Mariana Trench. The surface of Challenger Deep is one of the deepest and darkest areas at a depth of 36,000 feet, filled with mysterious creatures that may even hold cues to life varieties yet to be discovered.

At such depth, one might usually expect life to be quiet, but that is not how it is. The deep, deep valley is interspersed with tectonic plate shifts, earthquakes that may not even relay its effects to the surface, and creatures that perennially reside within the deeper depths of the ocean, at atmospheric pressures of about 16,000 pounds per square inch. The NOAA team waited for 23 days until withdrawing the hydrophone from the bottom echelons of the ocean. The results it obtained were far from silence and peace, echoing the noisy, turbulent depth of the ocean. It also has a haunting quality to it, making for scary bits of audio if you listen to them in the middle of the night. The excerpts were hosted on SoundCloud by Maddie Stone, author at Gizmodo. Hear them out.

1. A magnitude 5 earthquake rumbling across the ocean floor:

2. The wail of a Baleen Whale echoing near the Deep:

3. Calls of other creatures in the depth:

4. A distinct cry of a whale:

5. A ship propeller passing by above the Deep:

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