Galathea Depth

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The Galathea Depth is the portion of the 10,540-metre-deep (34,580 ft) Philippine Trench exceeding 6,000-metre (20,000 ft) depths in the south-western Pacific Ocean. Originally discovered by the German ship Planet in 1912, it was first explored in detail by the Danish ship Galathea in 1951 on the Galathea 2 expedition, from which the name is taken.[1] Biological samples collected during the Danish expedition demonstrated a wide variety of fish, amphipods, and bacteria surviving at depths seldom seen before.[2][3]


  1. ^ Bruun, Anton Frederick (1956). The Galathea Deep Sea Expedition, 1950-1952, described by members of the expedition. Macmillan, New York.
  2. ^ Zobell, Claude E.; Morita, Richard Y. (April 1957). "BAROPHILIC BACTERIA IN SOME DEEP SEA SEDIMENTS1". Journal of Bacteriology. 73 (4): 563–568. ISSN 0021-9193. PMC 314618.
  3. ^ Dahl, Erik (1957). AMPHIPODA FROM DEPTHS EXCEEDING 6000 METERS. Galathea Report: Scientific Results of the Danish Deep-Sea Expedition Round the World 1950-1952. pp. 211–241.