How old is the Philippine Sea?
…the western portion of the Philippine Sea developed between 60 and 35 million years ago.
How many active trenches are there in the Philippines?
There are five active fault lines in the country namely the Western Philippine Fault, the Eastern Philippine Fault, the South of Mindanao Fault, Central Philippine Fault and the Marikina/Valley Fault System.
Are there sharks in the Philippine Sea?
Dubbed the ‘Amazon of the seas’ the Philippines is regarded as the world epicentre for marine biodiversity. Approximately 200 species of sharks and rays exists in the country’s waters, ranking it amongst the highest in the world in terms of diversity.
What country is closest to the Mariana Trench?
Guam is the closest land mass to the Mariana Trench, which dips down about 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) below sea level — the deepest point on the planet’s surface.
On 23 January 1960, two explorers, US navy lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard, became the first people to dive 11km (seven miles) to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.