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.
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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.
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Oh my Fucking God!! You want to be REALLY depressed?! Watch this video. Deep sea mining. Just look at the monster machines these human monsters are designing to tear up and destroy the ocean environment and all that lives within it. And you all talk about your impeding destruction and exploitation of "the final frontier" with pride and Glee...and narrate the video as a fucking marketing tool. Can't you find something less destructive and exploitive to do with your life. I hope you fail miserably.
Looking at the comments below, unsurprising to find that the vast majority have the same reaction as myself:
disgust at finding modern trash and horror at the thought large-scale mining is being considered - no, it's actually being 'advertised' openly by someone waving the idea around that there's so much submarine gold and mineral wealth investors will be able to buy entire countries.
Who cringed when they saw those highly destructive mining machines waving their business ends around in the cameras?
I suppose the real question is - how to stop this realm from being exploited? Who can make the laws to protect the sea bed and police it properly?
I heard something, ages ago, about a high amount of some rare earth mineral being found off Japan that is used in the manufacture of mobile/smart phones. So I imagine the best thing to do is not keep buying new phones every time a new model is released because they have some new 'must-have' gizmo attached.
****Remember: If you're a gadget fanatic you're directly feeding the industry that exploits the oceans in this way and paying those same industries to keep doing it.****
I was so sadden to hear of the plan to mine in the deep waters! When man has polluted the upper levels of the oceans already with no care for the natural fauna and creature. By looking around that in fact there is so much trash that the currents bunch it into islands! The sea life and animals suffer, I agree of exploring what animals landscapes are down there but once greedy company’s start going after gold and other metals they will disregard the natural features and life that are found! I would much rather see if some groups would figure out away to eliminate plastics , for the fishing ships to never lose their nets, to have no spills of oil from these off shore drilling rigs! The surface of earth has had so much destroyed because of man’s greed to get rich instead of finding better ways to utilize and manage what has not been polluted! The oceans should be left as nature has intended, block any ideas of mining!
Fuck you big company stop digging ocean you guys fuck up the dryland by blowing up and digging all oil out causing earth quick and causing plotion people dieing because dirty invoirment where is government stop these MOTHER FUCKER
Exploring new species and their lifestyle is good things because we could learn lots of things from it however destroying the only remains of natural resources in oceans is economically may be good but not environmentally good for neither us nor species live there... capitalists mostly apply their minds in exploiting nature not maintaining them...
Ok i get it!
Till half of the video i was like its good for humans to know more about ourself and our origin and discovering new shit.
But after that when mining came into picture i am convinced that we are headed for oceanic crisis and destroying habitat for stupid elite class for "metals"!
I feel the topic must be broached concerning vent-life ecosystems, and whether or not they are in fact, entirely independent from sunlight. I personally would not possess legitimate information logically explaining the causality of the phenomena of the abyss , but I am totally open to the perceptions of contemporaries. Gratitude in advance for individual time and energy put forth.
I think it is meant to be hidden to humankind for a purpose. Discovering new rare species is good and all but why they gotta have to destroy such nature because of mining golds? I mean people, respect nature!
Man just can't leave nothing alone they always have to see that evil dollar now they're going to destroy our oceans even worse than what it already is and kill species under our oceans like they have on land man just cannot leave nothing alone
I see a lot of the comments here are about "oh let's kill the ocean by mining it". Then you look at the Instagram of the poster and see nothing but diamonds and gold bracelets etc. YES, they are going to keep mining every nook and cranny of the earth until every resource of valuable material has been taken to keep feeding your bling for your photos and as long as you keep paying for it, they will dive to the deepest hole in the earth to find it. Please, please, look in the mirror, the problem isn't the companies trying to make money. The problem is us, the people that demand the product they supply. Yes, I know we use gold is a standard currency. Please open your mind to why we use it, and what the impacts are.
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