PHOTOS: Vast New Ocean Refuge Home to Huge Crab, Coral

PHOTOS: Vast New Ocean Refuge Home to Huge Crab, Coral
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Near the Philippine Sea the Northern Mariana Islands follow the arc of the Mariana Trench, an undersea valley that is home to the deepest spot on Earth's surface. The gorge will be newly protected as part of the U.S. Mariana Trench Marine National Monument, President Bush announced in January 6, 2009.

Formed by the diving of one tectonic plate under another, the trench dips to approximately 36,000 feet (11,000 meters) below sea level. By contrast, Mount Everest rises about 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level.
—Photograph by Paul Chesley
 
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