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Chinese submersible Jiaolong completes 2nd dive in Yap Trench

Updated: Jun 6,2017 7:40 AM     Xinhua

A double rainbow is seen over the sea from China’s manned submersible Jiaolong, which conducts its dive in Yap Trench, June 5, 2017. There will be five dives for Jiaolong in the Yap Trench, and the last dive is planned for June 12. The dives will focus on research in deep-sea biotic communities and gene resources, according to scientists on the ship Xiangyanghong 09. [Photo/Xinhua]

China’s manned submersible Jiaolong completed its second dive in the Yap Trench on June 5.

The dive began at 7:12 am local time and reached the planned depth of 5,100 meters at 9:55 am, where scientists worked for three hours and eight minutes.

Staff workers untie a cable to China’s manned submersible Jiaolong during its dive in Yap Trench, June 5, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Jiaolong collected samples of rock, sediment, deep-sea life and seawater in this dive, and recorded images of the seafloor.

“Jiaolong has brought back precious samples for research,” said Chen Xinhua, chief scientist of the expedition’s third stage.

Jiaolong is scheduled to conduct three more dives in the trench.