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April 11th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

James Cameron weighs in on Flight 370 search: Deep ocean is a 'very difficult regime to work in'

(CNN) – The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could extend as deep as three miles into the ocean.

"Three miles down you have a tremendous amount of pressure, that's the sort of depth of the Titanic wreck and the Bismarck wreck," says "Titanic" and "Abyss" Academy Award winning director James Cameron, who is also an environmentalist and underwater explorer. Cameron holds the record for the deepest solo dive, plummeting 6.8 miles into the Mariana Trench in 2012.

"Any vehicle that can go down there and operate has to be built to withstand these incredible external forces," says Cameron.

There are also communication challenges.

"Radio frequencies won't go through water, so you're communicating by sound primarily, or maybe by fiber optic cable. It's a very difficult regime to work in," says Cameron.

The search for Flight 370 underscores something Cameron has been saying for years, which is how little is known about the world's oceans.

"We need to know more about the oceans in kind of real time," says Cameron. "We need to know more about what's happening in the water column, and that feeds into, you know, climate modeling, and all the other stuff."

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