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The deep ocean is the final frontier on planet Earth

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The ocean covers 70% of our planet. The deep-sea floor is a realm that is largely unexplored, but cutting-edge technology is enabling a new generation of aquanauts to go deeper than ever before. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 Beneath the waves is a mysterious world that takes up to 95% of Earth's living space. Only three people have ever reached the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean. The deep is a world without sunlight, of freezing temperatures, and immense pressure. It's remained largely unexplored until now. Cutting-edge technology is enabling a new generation of aquanauts to explore deeper than ever before. They are opening up a whole new world of potential benefits to humanity. The risks are great, but the rewards could be greater. From a vast wealth of resources to clues about the origins of life, the race is on to the final frontier The Okeanos Explorer, the American government state-of-the-art vessel, designed for every type of deep ocean exploration from discovering new species to investigating shipwrecks. On board, engineers and scientists come together to answer questions about the origins of life and human history. Today the Okeanos is on a mission to investigate the wreck of a World War one submarine. Engineer Bobby Moore is part of a team who has developed the technology for this type of mission. The “deep discover”, a remote operating vehicle is equipped with 20 powerful LED lights and designed to withstand the huge pressure four miles down. Equivalent to 50 jumbo jets stacked on top of a person While the crew of the Okeanos send robots to investigate the deep, some of their fellow scientists prefer a more hands-on approach. Doctor Greg stone is a world leading marine biologist with over 8,000 hours under the sea. He has been exploring the abyss in person for 30 years. The technology opening up the deep is also opening up opportunity. Not just to witness the diversity of life but to glimpse vast amounts of rare mineral resources. Some of the world's most valuable metals can be found deep under the waves. A discovery that has begun to pique the interest of the global mining industry. The boldest of mining companies are heading to the deep drawn by the allure of a new Gold Rush. But to exploit it they're also beating a path to another strange new world. In an industrial estate in the north of England, SMD is one of the world's leading manufacturers of remote underwater equipment. The industrial technology the company has developed has made mining possible several kilometers beneath the ocean surface. With an estimated 150 trillion dollars’ worth of gold alone, deep-sea mining has the potential to transform the global economy. With so much still to discover, mining in the deep ocean could have unknowable impact. It's not just life today that may need protecting; reaching the deep ocean might just allow researchers to answer some truly fundamental questions. Hydrothermal vents, hot springs on the ocean floor, are cracks in the Earth's crust. Some claim they could help scientists glimpse the origins of life itself. We might still be years away from unlocking the mysteries of the deep. Even with the latest technology, this kind of exploration is always challenging. As the crew of the Okeanos comes to terms with a scale of the challenge and the opportunity that lies beneath, what they and others discover could transform humanity's understanding of how to protect the ocean. It's the most hostile environment on earth, but the keys to our future may lie in the deep. Check out Economist Films: http://films.economist.com/ Check out The Economist’s full video catalogue: http://econ.st/20IehQk Like The Economist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEconomist/ Follow The Economist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theeconomist Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeconomist/ Follow us on LINE: http://econ.st/1WXkOo6 Follow us on Medium: https://medium.com/@the_economist
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The Economist (8 months ago)
The latest episode of Oceans is available here: https://goo.gl/4GT6wo. Can conservation save our ocean?
tyler echavez (11 days ago)
Fuck all of you
Sako Al (1 month ago)
Can conservation save our ocean? u stupid bitch , if u want to save the ocean dont put videos like this u dump fuck
Tes Ste (1 month ago)
- sick
Michael Patricio (13 hours ago)
Taena nyo puro kayo mining! Nanahimik na ang dagat! Malunod sana kayo!
Anafel Love Tumulak (17 hours ago)
If you kill Earth then you kill yourself. Please think about your actions first if it would bring benefit to EVERYBODY who is living in the same planet as you do and not just a benefit to a group of people who doesn't care about others and his/her own home. I am afraid of alot of things but the human race scares me the most. They know they have the power to destroy and destroying is what they do.
Nudzkie Abdul (19 hours ago)
Lol as i Expected you were not exploring about the beauty of the bottom u were just exploring THE NEW MINING site. Americans leads all industries. SELFISH want to explore everything? Okay u can eat the planet Earth. Dont worry Allah will speak to you one day
Σeegma (1 day ago)
Okay, so I'm gonna go against the crowd here and say that this is actually quite exciting. At some point in the future current mines will run out, and we will have to relocate them - and if I had to choose, I'd rather place an inherently ecologically harmful industry in a nearly lifeless abyss rather than in a rainforest. Sure, both options are bad, but as of yet we unfortunately don't have much of a choice, so let's at least try to relocate our destruction to places that won't literally fuck the entire planet up the moment we start bulldozing them. Of course, when stuff like asteroid mining becomes commercially viable, then yeah, I'm all for leaving our planet alone.
shaft says (3 days ago)
Just leave the shit alone. Wtf. We are fucking ourselves already and taking everything with us. Smh
6:35 is me when i see cry babies in comment section crying for nature, not realising how they get phones, computer and food.
Moses Ombongi (4 days ago)
Have you guys discovered the Mermaid Civilization? Don't just look for resources, seek knowledge, understanding.
Naim V (5 days ago)
FUCKING NO!!!! TO DEEP SEA MINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 6T9 (5 days ago)
Everybody wants to discover something rare or unique so we dont need to worry about there work. And i like what they want. Btw sorry for my grammar
Jatin Saxena (6 days ago)
Just leave the ocean , don't mine there
We have a lot to learn from this mysterious black and cold place
Jc Jc (6 days ago)
Stop mining! Ocean floor is our home and our biopic! Ocean floor is not for business period!
VillaSamba Brasil (6 days ago)
Humans have no conscience.Species have thrived in the deep....BY BEING LEFT ALONE.Hey what a great idea lets go down there take what we want,and do real permanent damage,a great idea,lets build underwater MacDonalds for the miners too.
Zim (7 days ago)
declan otto (7 days ago)
So space is not the final frontier because there is no space
Jibs Sy (8 days ago)
Hey Guys! Wake up. The Page name is 'The Economist' so what should we expect from them?! It's scary!
Kanqyes Muziik (8 days ago)
If it's goes so deep why you can video the top of the sub
Kanqyes Muziik (8 days ago)
So how comes you can see the top of that sub
Happy Sabachi (9 days ago)
No to mining!
oinkjoe R.K. (9 days ago)
I am a sailor and i am so sad what human did to the ocean’s surface. By looking this video, i knew exactly what would happen in the bottom of the ocean. DESTRUCTION.
NaaffaX (10 days ago)
Lol! That plate was kept there deliberately by those scientists! No human trash found even close to the submarine and yet there it was tucked in on it! Who ever threw it from the top is so accurate to hit the submarine bullseye. And that is also taking into account the drift and other forces which may pull it in any direction
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
Anyway 😴😴😴l later peeps ✌️😴
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
Rainforests always been fascinated with also
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
It's amazing all those beautiful colours and it's like another world down there ..well. Suppose it is another world really
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
Architecture never really done it for me ...well Rome colessuem etc and Egyptian themes etc always been drawn to
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
Wish I had used my head and done something interesting to do with planet just constantly finding out new things amazing things
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
I am fascinated with the bottom of ocean and equally above the planets,I wish I had chose something interesting like this as a career imagine that ,amazing❤️❤️
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
The different types of fish creatures etc oh my days was breathtaking
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
I used to love watching blue planet and the shit on there like your body that far down would just like dissolve iam sure it said that but don't quote me I may be wrong and was showing one week titanic oh my days it was amazing
Donna Heard (10 days ago)
Jessieatiya Roxas (13 days ago)
Dr Stone are u an idiot there is no balance when it comes to minning its always destroys the environment
jeaven anda (14 days ago)
Wow it's a lot of gold Down there
Karla Frayco (14 days ago)
Future prosperity of human kind lol
Reign mark Cadiente (15 days ago)
Come on Guy's let's mine fuck
Shiva harsha (16 days ago)
What’s wrong with Humans! Why can’t they live and let others species live in harmony. Science can both be a solution and a problem. Sure, we have mastered, the latter for centuries and never going to change anytime soon.
Nheds Bocauto (16 days ago)
But it can also break and get the earth to unbalanced world!
Digi Vegi (16 days ago)
Now, since humans have discovered it, all those species at the bottom will be extinct.
Ameer Abduahim (20 days ago)
In all my life ive been asking what inside the deep sea, as i research how gorgeous as it is. Just want to say dont destroy the ocean thru mining stop it. There's other way around in making money. Pls. Protect for the next generation. Respect.
Xyle Eren (20 days ago)
OKAY, goddammit people
doina fred (21 days ago)
BRAVE EXPLORERS! with courage they let us know so many things about the Earth and they are not paid enough compare with politicians which lie to the people. is it fair ?
JR Uy (21 days ago)
They will kill animals under the ocean. They will destroy the earth..😔
atul kumar (26 days ago)
Mining sea for gold and other stuff??? Wtf really? This will destroy the delicate eco system This is not science its just pure greed
elie belly (26 days ago)
This is star trek. "The final fronteir" "bodly go where no one has gone before" "to seek out new life and evidence of past civilisation" Sombody sue this guy.
Obakhan Jones (26 days ago)
we need to make a pact as people that if we ever hear about deep sea mining we will personally row boats out there to suspend operations indefinitely. I will be the first to fund that trip.
Ger Felipe (28 days ago)
SMD-soak my dong
Ady Thereverend (1 month ago)
we ?, dont talk we, just them, not me, not us, im out
Joydev Sarkar (1 month ago)
He loves the oceans now he wants to rape it by mining
J J (1 month ago)
I'll say this once, but I'll say it again: "Money Is The Root Of All Evil" - - Anyway, where's that killer giant octopus at this time ? He must kill these people !
Israel Paz (1 month ago)
H B (1 month ago)
billy bob thorton
UnbenutzerKanalname (1 month ago)
i'd prefer asteroid mining...
Subprof1ame 13 (1 month ago)
ji evangelista (1 month ago)
that's why i love animals more than most people
maxpaine 0827 (1 month ago)
Scientists are the most stupid people on earth.
maxpaine 0827 (1 month ago)
Stupid engineering stupid people dont hurt the ocean. I wish megladon or kraken will destroy and kill all of you. Then ill be happy.
Reynald Babatid (1 month ago)
its not to transform global economy... it is to destroy global resources
William Morrison (1 month ago)
Vote before the Republicans use this technology to trash the ocean for the benefit of their wealthy patrons.
Irwansyah Lubis (1 month ago)
Dear Sir good to see you. Thanks for Video... Very Awesome and Amazing... Spectacular I love this Video... God bless you
thebrokenscene QUEEN (1 month ago)
Deep ocean is the most mysterious place.
mr frankly (1 month ago)
Did God tell us that the power of destroy earth was in the oceans ?
If those retarded greedy fucks start ruining the sea by mining, a lot of people would actually support ecological terrorists to kill them. They have already destroyed the Amazon and so many lakes and rivers. Mining and logging morons can only be stopped by jailing or killing.
G.G Gamer (1 month ago)
They are just gonna destroy the trench for money..😡
Bruce Ahlheim (1 month ago)
Don't take away my punk rock rebel card, but The Economist is some mainstream shii I actually really enjoy!! Very little if any political biases that I can tell!
Bruce Ahlheim (1 month ago)
Soooo seastedding anyone? Let's create Peter Thiel's Libertarian paradise
Shafeeque Parayil (1 month ago)
Yeah. Now you want to destroy under sea ecosystems too. Bunch of douchebags
Recluse Murphy (1 month ago)
If only 5% of the world's oceans has been explored then how do we actually know that the Marianas Trench is the deepest parts of the ocean
Flintlox (1 month ago)
*human kind*
duhhh. its Lori (1 month ago)
I want one of those fishes there so cute @0:28
Jiwon Kim (1 month ago)
I always felt it was crazy how we know more about the space than the ocean.
Casey Xoxo (1 month ago)
How the fuck is gold and all these metals gonna benefit us in the long run? Oh to make money, maybe. But that’s all. The comounds we have that don’t include destroying earth and leaving massive holes etc is what we need. How will humans be able to survive anything if they’re on any planet digging in it and destroying it? What we gonna do then when earth dies out and we have nowhere to go. They want to go to mars but from what I have learned there was civilizations and they done died or left out of there for what? We don’t know but yet they want to send people out there to regroup. All we will do is destroy mars and any other planet like we’re doing to earth. Our actual home. All the focus of tryin to make money and destroying the planet they don’t want to open there minds to another way to get gold or oil or anything they dig in earth just to get. There is other ways they just want to simple way and don’t care what happened in the long run because they know they will be dead and they don’t have to worry about it. It’s sad. Imagine aliens comin here and thinking we’re just insects compared to them and just take over everything because that’s what we do to these animals and they’re home but hey apparently we think we’re better and smarter than anything in this whole galaxy or universe
eddie kharnaior (1 month ago)
Stop mining you're destroyed it
Andre Sandalo (1 month ago)
Fuck China!
Sako Al (1 month ago)
10:00 ass holes like you bitch done enough damage to the land and above the water now deep sea ? i hope megalodon is real and kill every son of bitch like you cunts .. so fuck u and ur technology pussy ass and fuck you life hope u die soon before u see gold .....
Sako Al (1 month ago)
and fuck you too and your video before i get more angry cuz you bitches
Continuing to rape our beautiful planet! Money money money.......Look at those beautiful species in our Ocean, now because ''mining companies'' have found these rich minerals and metals for their pockets, you are going to kill them just like alot of our forestry Animals. But hey its just another day at the office huh......
Eric Mazariegos (1 month ago)
Destroying and destroying 😡
PopicalGold (1 month ago)
I hate the last part. Human are just destroyed another living ecosystem. **** Off fake explorer
Butt Erscotch (1 month ago)
A few of those creatures I swear look like pokemons......
Riad Raino (1 month ago)
SMD BTW lmao
Brakka Albaa Albaa (1 month ago)
Rly not even discovered and already mining ;p
da real SkiddyIowa0 (1 month ago)
Really, how to protect the ocean!!! when in fact they are just showing the whole world places where they can mining for gold, in exchange for money to do their researches. Let's be real scientist are willing to sell their soul just for funding their research.
Hades (1 month ago)
This video just went from "oh we are here to study new life forms and species" to "fuck this shit! We want gold!" goddamn you Humans! You are the real cancer of this planet!!!
Dr Slippery (1 month ago)
Why doesn't NASA work with marine biologists and build equipment that will allow us to explore more of the ocean
luis bito (1 month ago)
no like this people for money destroy the ocean the only areas pure humanity has echo system no touch has creature. this mine person no you know  what come on the animal ocean
Disney • Sidney (1 month ago)
stop mining! dont destroy the earth! it’s our home tf!
Ravi Tank (1 month ago)
Please, don't ruin ocean !! Let them leave ALONE
Cheeky Nham (1 month ago)
Seafood buffet and more fish for the Japanese to sashimi
yellowcat cat (1 month ago)
The whole universe and other universes are living organism!!! What origin of life are we searching for?
PhuckHue2 (1 month ago)
white people are about to destroy the oceans just like they did the land. Just an evil race of demons. A cancer on the universe. Everything they touch they destroy
Just explore the sea u bsstard. Mining is not resolution . Conservation is a resolution.
Aditya Ajmera (1 month ago)
Let's destroy the rest of the world that we hasn't destroyed yet.
Here we go again: A NEW GOLDFISH !OR .....is it really the beginning of the end of our planet....A new gold-rush is the last thing we need..... what do they do with the gold they already have....? Surely the more they get the lower the price?! Why oh why do they think they have the right to exploit EVERYTHING....Do we have a say in what they are doing? NO.!!! THE POWER AND RESOURCES ; AND TECHNOLOGY ARE ALREADY THERE TO MAKE THINGS WORK ....let’s sometimes think before we do anything As fundamentally dangerous and fracking silly !! When they talk about BUYING A WHOLE COUNTRY THEY ARE TALKING LIKE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT..! Where’s the diversity in a..... WALL-TO-WALL-WORLD-WIDE-AMERICA???!
Hudan Kong (1 month ago)
Even billions/trillion years , science cannot prove it... there's only one holy book can tell the TRUTH...
Pantelis Lazarou (1 month ago)
Again what we see is the greed in humans, haven't we done ENOUGH Damage already to our PLANET UNBELIEVABLE
nick beam (1 month ago)
Who in the world do you actually think your fooling ? Anyone can clearly see the oceans have and still are being mined. Take a look at the oceans floor, and one year later look again, it's as if a bulldozer of eminence size are dosing areas all over the oceans floor, it's not hard to see.
Dean Bartlett (1 month ago)
And thats how we rediscovered the megalodon
Profood Cebu (1 month ago)
Greedy idiots are the most horrible species living on earth.
juan maharlika (1 month ago)
mining... mining.. mining.. and then what would be left in the future??? be smart human..
Albert Castle (2 months ago)
6:31 i think there wasn't plastic un 1938 !

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