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The deep ocean is the final frontier on planet Earth | The Economist

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Watch the latest in the Ocean series - How sea cucumbers can help the ocean: https://youtu.be/VCsD7NcQV1w 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 (1 year ago)
The latest episode of Oceans is available here: https://goo.gl/4GT6wo. Can conservation save our ocean?
Free Will (1 month ago)
The Economist ..Nope ..knowing you are one with the divine is the last frontier 👉 the 5th root race are here
Laurel Cook (2 months ago)
andrew whitehead at the end it showed how they disagree and want to protect the ocean from mining
andrew whitehead (5 months ago)
Nice try except you were talking about harming our planet not saving it
tyler echavez (5 months ago)
Fuck all of you
ibrika aye aye (9 hours ago)
U guys r awesome . pushing life 2 such an amazing depths of
Charly Lasala (1 day ago)
Fuck that mining corp. They'll destroy everything on their paths by selling you that it's the future hope. Amazing how rich this ecosystem is, it should be strictly protected
Bouchaib Bouchaib (1 day ago)
Ocean is big enigmatic an creatures non pollution marine please plastics plastics big chaloutier de hout mer please is small planet
Vainth (2 days ago)
8:14 Can the eel come out and play?
Seth Schuette (4 days ago)
The Bible will tell you how life on earth got started you should read it sometime you might learn somthing
Felipe Vaiano (4 days ago)
oh mining, that explains.
Rizky Rahmansyah (4 days ago)
pleaseee dont mine the ocean :((
Anubhav Singh (4 days ago)
Destruction on the name of protection
mohamed bilaal (4 days ago)
You really don't wanna mess with the ocean. Don't wanna wake up whatever is there haha
Thatsmallcessna (4 days ago)
We're going to end up making ourselves extinct.
Jordy Easy (5 days ago)
How can 24k people like this ? Seriously...
The Arrow (5 days ago)
I hope theres godzilla deep inside the ocean to chewed all the greedy pigs.
Ilolooydhfi Hdydkwj (6 days ago)
the fuck! from the beginning i thought that guy on 4:20 was james cameron until a named show up like what! it's not Cameron?
Ghost Ghost (6 days ago)
Modern trash same as that submarine trash .. pick your trash out of the trench since you found it. Dont leave it there.
TankDempsey (6 days ago)
a US government vessel, straight away you know theyre after oil or something
James MustPlay (6 days ago)
There's so many hypocrites in the comment section. I'll say it myself, nothing will change unless humanity finds unlimited resources, Earth will eventually get destroyed, it's like destiny or some shit. I will also say that it's my fault, your fault, our fault, everyone's fault! It will never change, even if you say you're disgusted of these people doing this shit, if you want it to stop then stop buying products...
James MustPlay (6 days ago)
They're only doing these disgusting things because of demand, so don't go blaming them. Sure, you might say that they should just think of a way to not destroy the ocean, but maybe you should be the one thinking that. Idk even know when the demands of humans will stop, probably when we're all extinct. I know, I'm saying some deep shits right now, but it's all true. You're disgusted of them when you have an expensive ass iPhone X. I only have Lenovo VIBE K5 Note but that doesn't mean I'm off the hook, I myself own something that needs the resources that humans take from Earth...
gwen sutheran (6 days ago)
More greed , Raping and Thieving
Maria Robles (6 days ago)
I thought the final frontier is the human brain from which we in planet Earth know very little about. thanks
cristina lexy (6 days ago)
Greed?
kennith shynne ferrer (6 days ago)
so it was all for mining...wtf
IamJersy (6 days ago)
Hope Godzilla destroy this machines. Human are really scary... After destroying the surface now they're moving to the ocean... Greed is really limitless.
Majin Mist (6 days ago)
I see a lot of people hating stuff that humans do but why not do something about we still have time before we set our own destruction. Or use expensive long term investments rather than short term solutions for a long term problem, don’t act like your powerless ( by yourself yes) if we all join in they ( gov, company’s, law enforcement, medical/ education systems) have to listen we all have this feeling of something bad but it is “cloudy “ to tell of what to do but the answer is always there it’s is to stop and to all work together, only going to get worse from here on out I’m just sating the facts of our issues that is upon us.
EilishAvocado (6 days ago)
What about leaving the resource there and respecting the ecosystems, instead of ruining yet another part of the planet
Majin Mist (6 days ago)
Two Front tire to be real with you, all the water first and then space, space we haven’t advance to overcome it (yet or never) in order it to be complete is when we can go to other livable planets or can go to the other parts of the galaxy and come back.
Sorath84 (6 days ago)
Fantastic footage quality.
jwang604 (6 days ago)
All those creatures need to go, they are sitting on top of a gold mine!! 🤦‍♂️
Thatsmallcessna (4 days ago)
I hope you're kidding
Mauro B (6 days ago)
He said six to seven feet not meters about the shark! And disgusting that we will also destroy the last frontier!!!! What the fuck makes these people they are allowed doing that. Who owns the sea floor? Sad....
travis hinkel (6 days ago)
The US government: we don’t care about the ocean floor. Scientists: there could be oil down there. The US government: funds vessels to find the oil
Great teaser show. I love this stuff. I'm looking for more
Ramona Ramona (7 days ago)
Why is it that all of these research scientists with big brains think that it would be OK to riddle their findings with disgusting strings of nasty profanity! Do they not realize that their words are going to be heard around the world by children and just average regular people? I myself find it extremely offensive having a beautiful moment completely ruined by some random scientist exclaiming, holy shit, fuck me, holy crap! Are you kidding me? Whoever is the overseer of this project should be ashamed of them selves by allowing this person spewing their nasty expletives to be able to get away with it and not be reprimanded! It just leaves a sour taste in my mouth in regards to new scientific discoveries and the character of the scientist behind it! This is my opinion and I will just leave it at that! 🤬🐡🐠🐋🐟🐳🐬🐙🦑🦈
Confederate States (7 days ago)
Not really a lot of earths surface has olny been looked over by satellite imagery
I was mad about the plastic plate and now im mad that they’re going to ruin the ocean biodiversity with capitalism
Svetlozar Argirov (7 days ago)
So the two most important reasons for these deep explorations are mining resources and potentially finding origins of life. This video is basically just preparing us for when they go full scale mining on the ocean floor.
Nosknut (7 days ago)
Stfu with the final frontier shit the ocean is not infinite but space is, ergo space is the final frontier. DO NOT ABUSE STARTREK!
Hector App (7 days ago)
Humanity just wants to destroy the world !
Hector App (7 days ago)
Let`s destroy the whole world once for all !
Fathnin Mathews (7 days ago)
Just when you thought that humans cant get any more greedy
Just Bart (7 days ago)
Soon they will realise that they cannot eat money
Chris5107 (7 days ago)
Exploring the Next Spot to destroy
Drippy Splashn (7 days ago)
Who's ever plate that was..they made it first
ItsMeFLASH Q (7 days ago)
Exploring the depths of ocean just to find mining areas! Humans have already destroyed the lands which led to the extinction of some animals. Then humans are planing on destroying the untouched world of the ocean! 🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️
Ramona Ramona (7 days ago)
ItsMeFLASH Q Yeah, so what do you plan to do about that? Just stating the obvious is not helping! Hating or judging your own species will not give you a leg up in humanity itself. So yeah, just saying!🦕
Rachel McDonald (7 days ago)
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Rachel McDonald (7 days ago)
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Most of you are real hypocrites. The bottom of the ocean is a huge place, bigger than your brain can understand. A little mining is not do much harm. It's not cheap to do it, either. So, shut the fuck up. You generate as much trash as everyone else, it's a reality. Deal with it.
Realg Og (7 days ago)
mining not the ting
Tok John (8 days ago)
what camera is viewing the under water machine from the top?
Justin Moore (8 days ago)
The hulls squeeking
Andrew Hawthorne (8 days ago)
"After humans have blasted away mountains and terrestrial Earth. There's nothing else left but to start blasting away the underworld environment of the oceans. Way to go people!!" -A.H. Roberts
Suleiman Solz (8 days ago)
These mining companies will fuck up the ocean.
Dammit Greg! (8 days ago)
Sure let's go mine the ocean floor. Might as well fuck up our world real good!
Matthew McKirgan (8 days ago)
Soon humans will all be dead and set back to stone age times, then the planet can heal and rid its self of the trash, the biggest trash is the human race. Only species that destroys its own home. Future Prosperity for the rich to be greedy... not for human kind or else all humans would make a profit but the only people that make a profit are the ones destroying the earth with mining.
Ramona Ramona (7 days ago)
Matthew McKirgan Humans also are the only species that have the ability to judge or even hate themselves! I take it you are one of those people, however, it will not give you a leg up in humanity overall so save your judgment for yourself. Yeah, let’s say while the planet is healing it self for future prosperity, where are you during this time and with the so-called healing of the planet what benefit is that for you? Ponder that!People like you love to stand up on their soapbox and preach about things you can’t do anything about, yet you stand in judgment of others and you include all instead of just a few. By calling the human race trash you yourself are probably the biggest piece of garbage in what you call the human race! 🐀🐍🙈🙊
john Barry (8 days ago)
GOLD! GOLD!! GOLD!!! I guess intelligence might just be the end of humanity.
Mohammed Aleem (8 days ago)
Humans : We destroyed Earth Next : We will destroy Oceans Next : We will destroy Moon
soyaskywalker (6 days ago)
Mohammed Aleem Then destroy each other!!
Fernandes Fusion (8 days ago)
Exploring is just another word for economies
patricco revansky (8 days ago)
Thats fucked up because if they start mining in the ocean the will destroy the reef and start topolute more in the ocean
Chathresh Yuvi (8 days ago)
Oh god pleased save earth from these humans
Really nigga ? Earth is only 5% ground?
HZ Đeimos (9 days ago)
You say the deepest place on earth is right there? Around 4 KM down? Nah what bout the Mariana Trench?
They lived peacefully for the last billion of years but now being disturb due to human greed
Adrián Durán (9 days ago)
that man complaints about modern trash everywhere but mining corps are getting ready to fucked up the ocean... greed knows no limits.
Mario Lewis (9 days ago)
The ocean is scarily deep, I mean horrifyingly deep, like..... balls deep.
Sam Mukangu (9 days ago)
Must everything be exploited and taken advantage of? Seriously they want to mine under the ocean???
kami ningxen (9 days ago)
At the end it's all about money
sarcasticbiscuit (9 days ago)
see, even movie villains were sometimes right.
Martin Palao (9 days ago)
No to mining into the deep sea please!!!
Ed Sant (9 days ago)
yes,why not go fuck up the oceans as well,stupid human beings
Blackestblack666 (9 days ago)
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Patrick McCarthy (10 days ago)
We should just get Google to hire trained submersible "drivers" to "drive" over every square mile of ocean bottom and put it up into Google Earth.
Claudia Lima (10 days ago)
The mistery of oceans fascinating mankind 🌊
Mack Darwinian (10 days ago)
I was surprised he was looking at a submarine on the sea floor, and saw modern trash. So glad there is stuff for man to rip up and tear apart so it will never be the same again. ain't that grand.
Iqbal Jogilkar (10 days ago)
Dont.do.this mining underneath ocean Dont destroy nature..... Protect the beautiful ocean our earth
santhosh m (9 days ago)
Who are you to say not to mine .. Fuck your mother and nature. We want money !!! ........
Cassandra G (10 days ago)
Mining, I should've known. Thanks Economist...
Patrick Coghlan (10 days ago)
Gold thirsty bastards
Patrick Coghlan (10 days ago)
so now your going to exploit the million year old untouched sea underground to get your greedy share of precious metals, and by the way wreck the whole ecosystem. There is no way of stopping the arrogance and stupidity of these so called "scientists"
Eric Blair (10 days ago)
Everyone on earth owns the oceans. Not just some assholes that have the money and technology to go down and destroy it to make more money!!!
shahzaan siddique (10 days ago)
Inside the water there are so many creatures that the search for the person will be searched but the creatures will not be finished.. entire human kind will do than also..
amir ahmed (10 days ago)
Oh man these guys are evil, they does not care about aquatic life and they are looking to destroy it by mining They just care about money not aquatic life
Gloom (10 days ago)
""thank god that man can not fly and lay waste to the sky as well as the earth" we can swim though :'(
Thurein Tun (10 days ago)
I love animals, all sorts of animal! Even those animals people say scary. Look at them!, they're like welcoming human explorer and saying "hey here we are!".! I love this jumbo jet and this ugly shark. Very cute animal behavior!
Thurein Tun (10 days ago)
It's Dumbo not jumbo jet sorry
Thurein Tun (10 days ago)
The race is on, to disturb another natural habitat
Christopher Scobie (10 days ago)
Conviniently had camera in bridge during dp loss.. ))
john Barry (8 days ago)
Pretty sure there was a film crew aboard....think "editing".....
mohd noorain (10 days ago)
It's all fun when mother Nature fights back many lives will be lost and trillions of money will be washed away.
mohd noorain (10 days ago)
Instead of wasting so much of money exploring the deep and space, planning to mine under water, we need to rectify the basic problem we are facing right now.
B Taylor (10 days ago)
I love how everyone is all worried about the future and sustainability and modern trash being everywhere, yet at home they have a brood of offspring that will eventually end up being thousands of people in a few hundred years. Fucking idiots.
Rob Smith (10 days ago)
You wonder if that's how life started well pretty stupid question for such a smart guy! Easley answered is it starting new life today? No it's not so if it's not still creating life then it never did how hard is that to understand? I guess you need a PhD to be so ignorant! So let me exsplain the birds and the bee's for you a man and a woman meet have sex and a baby comes out of the womans vagina 9 months later exactly how God designed it to work the only way new life is created ever unless your God and last time I checked salt water and heat only creates a good soup if you add some sea food! Hope that helped you out!
B Taylor (10 days ago)
Stop having babies. Oh and wtf is up with the captioned words? Its English.
Vishakha (10 days ago)
This never-ending quest for excavating, exploiting. Leading cause of unhappiness around the world, indirectly. Consequently, I'm losing faith in the western world.
Zakk Saw (10 days ago)
6:35 to 6:41 From now onwards, this will be my new lines to say when I meet my friends
Paper Bag (10 days ago)
There is always going to be a global economy but we won t be apart of it.
TheAsianGamer (10 days ago)
Most of the ocean is empty sea mining is viable
Michael Hartman (10 days ago)
If trash wasn't bad enough, the greedy bastards want to totally destroy it to fill their pockets, and ruin it for everyone else. The politicians are more than willing to help them. Greed follows science wherever it goes.
LMCG (10 days ago)
Subnautica wants to know your location.
audrey elsa (10 days ago)
10:27 for the future prosperity of human kind, huh??
Blackestblack666 (9 days ago)
Right! It's funny how mankind thinks that it will prosper by destroying our earth!
Nick Mignone (10 days ago)
Of all the places in the entire ocean that plate could've ended up it landed in the submarine. Crazy
Luxurious Green (11 days ago)
The earth should kick all y’all off that want to mine. How has mining on land worked for us🧐🧐🧐
Do Bo (11 days ago)
wait, so how are we getting the camera shots of the sub at the bottom? There has to be another sub there with a camera
Publik Enemi (11 days ago)
“Mining” of sorts has already begun many years ago. Called deep water fracking.
deggers78 (11 days ago)
We won't be happy as a race until we destroy our beautiful world
Mikropono (11 days ago)
Research?? Nah...exploring and potentially destroying it.

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