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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.
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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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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.
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.
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"
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
@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!
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