The company's managing director Charles
Tegner said designing the torch was a challenge - not only to produce
a flare to burn underwater at such a depth, but to burn like the Olympic
torch flame as well.
"It had to be clearly visible," he said. "Such flares
don't normally exist."
The flare's chemical composition, pressed into a steel tube, produces
sufficient oxygen and nitrogen to maintain a very hot flame.
burns so fiercely at more than 2,000 degrees Celsius that this creates
enough pressure to keep the water from entering the tube.
aquarium is staging an underwater Olympics to mark Chinese New Year.
The event, at Underwater World in Qingdao city, will feature sports
including fencing, shooting, cycling and gymnastics, reports Qingdao
For the fencing contest, participants will fight while blanced on a
steel cable with the one falling off first being declared the loser.
Underwater World says the games will last almost two weeks, till
the end of the Chinese Spring Festival, around February 12.
One of the most popular fixtures so far has been the "World Cup"
under the sea. Players must carry a heavy oxygen cylinder on their back,
wear a thick diving suit and endure the high water pressure as they
attempt to kick a football beneath the water.
During a recent match, two Chinese national team players were invited
to play against Brazil. "It was harder than they thought,"
says an aquarium spokesperson, "especially with sharks and thousands
of fish swimming around!" Nevertheless, China won 2-1. Call it
Other "Sporting" events:
The inventors of football, cricket, golf
and more lately extreme
and with Spring romance in the
air, head off to Thailand for your Underwater
Wedding ... (its 14th annual I might add)
Being located along
the coast of the Andaman Sea, Trang is an origin of an amazingly well-endowed
coral reef, where is the habitat of aquatic plants and marine creatures.
During the Trang Underwater Wedding event, when no disturbing monsoon
emerges, the province's splendidly scenic resources simultaneously
show their natural beauty, especially the sweet blossoms of 'Sri-Trang'
flowers, to warmly welcome tourists worldwide.