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The deep ocean is the final frontier on planet Earth

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Watch the latest in the Ocean series - This is the most over-fished sea in the world: https://youtu.be/oaW2rqJjXvs 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 (1 month 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
Rachel McDonald (1 hour ago)
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Rachel McDonald (1 hour ago)
Published by Rachel Mcdonald
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 (5 hours ago)
mining not the ting
Tok John (6 hours ago)
what camera is viewing the under water machine from the top?
Justin Moore (9 hours ago)
The hulls squeeking
Andrew Hawthorne (11 hours 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 (13 hours ago)
These mining companies will fuck up the ocean.
Dammit Greg! (13 hours ago)
Sure let's go mine the ocean floor. Might as well fuck up our world real good!
Matthew McKirgan (13 hours 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.
john Barry (14 hours ago)
GOLD! GOLD!! GOLD!!! I guess intelligence might just be the end of humanity.
Mohammed Aleem (15 hours ago)
Humans : We destroyed Earth Next : We will destroy Oceans Next : We will destroy Moon
Fernandes Fusion (19 hours ago)
Exploring is just another word for economies
patricco revansky (21 hours 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 (1 day ago)
Oh god pleased save earth from these humans
Really nigga ? Earth is only 5% ground?
HZ Đeimos (1 day 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 (2 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 (2 days ago)
The ocean is scarily deep, I mean horrifyingly deep, like..... balls deep.
Sam Mukangu (2 days ago)
Must everything be exploited and taken advantage of? Seriously they want to mine under the ocean???
kami ningxen (2 days ago)
At the end it's all about money
sarcasticbiscuit (2 days ago)
see, even movie villains were sometimes right.
Martin Palao (2 days ago)
No to mining into the deep sea please!!!
Ed Sant (2 days ago)
yes,why not go fuck up the oceans as well,stupid human beings
Blackestblack666 (2 days ago)
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Patrick McCarthy (2 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 (2 days ago)
The mistery of oceans fascinating mankind 🌊
Mack Darwinian (2 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 (2 days ago)
Dont.do.this mining underneath ocean Dont destroy nature..... Protect the beautiful ocean our earth
santhosh m (2 days ago)
Who are you to say not to mine .. Fuck your mother and nature. We want money !!! ........
Cassandra G (2 days ago)
Mining, I should've known. Thanks Economist...
Patrick Coghlan (2 days ago)
Gold thirsty bastards
Patrick Coghlan (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 days ago)
It's Dumbo not jumbo jet sorry
Thurein Tun (2 days ago)
The race is on, to disturb another natural habitat
Christopher Scobie (2 days ago)
Conviniently had camera in bridge during dp loss.. ))
john Barry (14 hours ago)
Pretty sure there was a film crew aboard....think "editing".....
mohd noorain (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (3 days ago)
Stop having babies. Oh and wtf is up with the captioned words? Its English.
Vishakha (3 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 (3 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 (3 days ago)
There is always going to be a global economy but we won t be apart of it.
TheAsianGamer (3 days ago)
Most of the ocean is empty sea mining is viable
Michael Hartman (3 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 (3 days ago)
Subnautica wants to know your location.
audrey elsa (3 days ago)
10:27 for the future prosperity of human kind, huh??
Blackestblack666 (2 days ago)
Right! It's funny how mankind thinks that it will prosper by destroying our earth!
Nick Mignone (3 days ago)
Of all the places in the entire ocean that plate could've ended up it landed in the submarine. Crazy
Luxurious Green (3 days ago)
The earth should kick all y’all off that want to mine. How has mining on land worked for us🧐🧐🧐
Do Bo (3 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 (3 days ago)
“Mining” of sorts has already begun many years ago. Called deep water fracking.
deggers78 (3 days ago)
We won't be happy as a race until we destroy our beautiful world
Mikropono (3 days ago)
Research?? Nah...exploring and potentially destroying it.
Mikropono (3 days ago)
Exploring for resources. Dont sugarcoat it...we know your objective.
joshua yap (3 days ago)
Deepthroat
Krispytreasure M (3 days ago)
And that destroys the earth thoroughly.
Dennis Lindberg (3 days ago)
and you guys are talking about "modern garbage"??!! i make big LoL xD
general lee (3 days ago)
Mining in the bottom of the oceans !!! You fucking greedy SOB !!!!!! DONT DESTROY THE OCEANS YOU GREEDY SON OF A BITCH , PUT YOUR BUTT HOLE UP FOR MINING INSTEAD YOU IDIOT !!!!!!
Karthik B N (3 days ago)
Now I wish Thanos and infinity stones were real...
SuperTotobato (3 days ago)
Chinese militia fishermen like this video.
Barcode Killer (3 days ago)
You done polluting Land and Air so you go underwater to find another to destroy?
I.R. Azzam (3 days ago)
Deep sea: *exist* The Economist: *It's free real estate*
Del Boy (3 days ago)
After seeing this video i am going to encourage my son to be a cleaner
Homer Wisenheimer (3 days ago)
Need to excavate down there. Destroy earth? The bombs humans have built will be the destruction of earth for sure. So all this save the environment stuff is like washing your car then driving down a muddy road. We started building in 1954 and we are still building and advancing development of weapons of mass destruction. One dirty bomb could potentially kill all life on earth. Plutonium and nuclear waste storage facilities are just a target if hit by any powerful weapon. Plutonium has a half life of 24,000 years. Now tell me how you plan to save the environment again... Maybe People need to prioritize a fue things.
jay mahealinski (3 days ago)
let the ocean alone, you fucks. honestly, we will humanity go extinct so the planet can heal?
Jermaniel Agustin (3 days ago)
So the purpose of marine biologists now is to explore the ocean for mining companies.. wow...
Roni Dana (3 days ago)
For human kind they said.. Bullshit Fuck You
mixstamike (3 days ago)
The deep ocean the final frontier? Try the whole ocean lol especially considering we only have seen 5% of it I'm sure there's more then just deep sea lol. It's sad we know more about the stars then our own planet
Dorsia Snuff (3 days ago)
Hope everyone worried about mining actually will stop consuming mining products. Starting by your phone & other electronics or choosing 100% recyclable electronics & recycling more!
Dorsia Snuff (3 days ago)
Fuck, not only plastic pollution messes up with water, air, earth, animals... Also is visual pollution.
Susan Buckley (3 days ago)
So fascinating!!! I love this stuff.. thank you so much for sharing..
Amaan (3 days ago)
We will ruin the environment by explaining the earth, we will now waste it by roaming inside the ocean.
Matthew Viramontes (3 days ago)
*Humans* Hey, this is really cool. Let's fuck it up.
Yardienate (3 days ago)
Let’s explore the ocean floor oooo wait better yet let’s mine it disgusting fks
Arnel Villarta (3 days ago)
I was enjoying ang was happy that we are exploring deep ocean, then the narrator mentioned deep sea mining, damt it humans, dont do this
Nafis Munandar (3 days ago)
6:34 lol thats my wifes tupperware lid. Thanks for finding it guys
Sibgatulla Ahmed (3 days ago)
you all are worry about the future prosperity of human life today..but what about the bio diversity lives there?? you asshole , always think of your own benefit???
jujubear 01 (3 days ago)
As a Trekkie the Star Trek reference was awesome
Ozzie Jim (4 days ago)
Now............how can we turn this into CASH!!
John Blaine (4 days ago)
Man will exploit it as we do everything.
Hacking tutorials (4 days ago)
Yeah Mine the fuck out of the ocean and everyone dies.
spellward (4 days ago)
50 Jumbo Jets stacked on top of a person = 50 times too much dumbing down than we needed.
Ferhina Nowrin (4 days ago)
Mining will leave an adverse effect.they are risking our lives wide this.human extinction is near.i wish people around the world would stop using golds as an ornament at once.
Lopez Sergio (4 days ago)
so wtf happened to the submarine? bitch ass greedy people!!
Afjar Osman (4 days ago)
Wtf😏
Joel Alvares (4 days ago)
Yup let's go ahead and mine the shit out of the ocean floor's too, and kill entire eco-system's down there.....the next phase of capitalism coming soon....
Dihsarla Dulah (4 days ago)
Hopefully greediness doesn’t overtake the mission to the point it destroys the ocean.
agafoorsyed (4 days ago)
@12:50 if you just SHUTUP and let the earth be earth without ruining it further with your inquisitive curiosity, we'd be alright. It's like a nasty bully kid with a scissors in hand trying to figure out what it is by cutting other kids throats. DO NOT DESTROY THE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM. STUPIDO!
i can fly (4 days ago)
11:14 There is a super rare white Octopus that ever found and they just ignore it and continue the mining business LOL
Doli Yolanda (4 days ago)
The beginning of human greed starts from 09:00.
ashsqx324 (4 days ago)
trouble is its probably these mining companies funding this research. money is power ultimately
冬レン (4 days ago)
Fuck your economy, greedy bastards.
冬レン (4 days ago)
9:14 I hope they mine your house and your loved ones, filthy piece of trash.
冬レン (4 days ago)
Valuing money more than nature is purely satanic. Filthy demons, die.

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