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If Godzilla were real, where on Earth would he live?


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 5:35 PM - Like we said last month, Godzilla is back.

But where on Earth would this creature hide from humanity if it were a living, breathing thing?

University of New Hampshire geologists have weighed in on the issue, and Warner Bros. was so happy with their assessment that they've licensed a diagram from the school to use in the 2014 Godzilla blockbuster.


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Scientists believe that the Mariana Trench would be a prime dugout for the gigantic beast, given that it's the world's deepest ocean trench.

Godzilla needs all space he can find, given that he's 355 metres tall. 

But that's small peas compared to the trench, which measures 10,984 metres at its deepest point.

The UNH image being used in the film was taken by researchers during a 2010 underwater survey.

Photo licensed to be used in Godzilla. Courtesy: University of New Hampshire.

Photo licensed to be used in Godzilla. Courtesy: University of New Hampshire.

"I was very surprised, and then pleased, that one of our images was to appear in the new movie," said UNH scientist James Gardner in a statement.

"The advanced technology we used during the Mariana Trench survey allowed us to map the seafloor at a much higher resolution than previous efforts, providing a horizontal spacing of one depth value every 50 meters. The best maps of this area prior to our mapping have a horizontal spacing of depth values separated by 1,850 meters, and the images appear fuzzy when looked at in detail. Our mapping provides a very detailed, clear look at the seafloor."

Now that we know where Godzilla could live, the question remains: Could he ever actually exist?

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