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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 (7 months ago)
The latest episode of Oceans is available here: https://goo.gl/4GT6wo. Can conservation save our ocean?
Tes Ste (6 days ago)
- sick
Disney • Sidney (6 days ago)
stop mining you stupid shits!
grateberk (2 months ago)
Yeah, fuck the ocean up too so you can all jabber on your fucking mobile phone
Ronel Hernandez (2 months ago)
The Economist s
Vivo Thail (4 months ago)
The Economist
PopicalGold (10 hours ago)
I hate the last part. Human are just destroyed another living ecosystem. **** Off fake explorer
Butt Erscotch (15 hours ago)
A few of those creatures I swear look like pokemons......
Riad Raino (1 day ago)
SMD BTW lmao
Brakka Albaa Albaa (1 day ago)
Rly not even discovered and already mining ;p
da real SkiddyIowa0 (2 days 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 (5 days 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 (5 days ago)
Why doesn't NASA work with marine biologists and build equipment that will allow us to explore more of the ocean
luis bito (6 days 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 (6 days ago)
stop mining! dont destroy the earth! it’s our home tf!
Ravi Tank (6 days ago)
Please, don't ruin ocean !! Let them leave ALONE
Cheeky Nham (6 days ago)
Seafood buffet and more fish for the Japanese to sashimi
yellowcat cat (7 days ago)
The whole universe and other universes are living organism!!! What origin of life are we searching for?
PhuckHue2 (8 days 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
Jonathan Patrick Lacson (8 days ago)
Just explore the sea u bsstard. Mining is not resolution . Conservation is a resolution.
Aditya Ajmera (8 days ago)
Let's destroy the rest of the world that we hasn't destroyed yet.
LoVeWaVeSdRiFtInG fOrEvEr (8 days ago)
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 (8 days ago)
Even billions/trillion years , science cannot prove it... there's only one holy book can tell the TRUTH...
Pantelis Lazarou (9 days ago)
Again what we see is the greed in humans, haven't we done ENOUGH Damage already to our PLANET UNBELIEVABLE
nick beam (9 days 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 (10 days ago)
And thats how we rediscovered the megalodon
Profood Cebu (11 days ago)
Greedy idiots are the most horrible species living on earth.
juan maharlika (11 days ago)
mining... mining.. mining.. and then what would be left in the future??? be smart human..
Albert Castle (13 days ago)
6:31 i think there wasn't plastic un 1938 !
Precyl Ramos (14 days ago)
fuck this videos..why the ocean,,,ur destroying the eco system,,i want to kill u all promise..hope you will die,,ASAP...thats not a good idea,,mining in ith ocean..GOD FORSAKEN YOU ALL....
bollocknaked1975 (14 days ago)
They're out there prospecting, oh it's all for the good of humanity, who pays for all this .
Meng Ragel (15 days ago)
THIS IS WHY IM FUCKING AFRAID OF THE SEA
Luis Fernando (15 days ago)
enough gold to buy a country? really ? you dont even need gold, just an army to impose a government thats loyal to another country interests....
Luis Fernando (15 days ago)
once they finish poisoning the sea, destroying biomes, collapsing the sea floor, cracking the hydrovents and therefore sinking lands, releasing pressurized pockets of gas or oil, re-activating volcanoes and inducing earthquakes only then you will find gold is even more important to corporations and some than human life or any life at all...
Josh Chavez (16 days ago)
Good luck boiling crab and shrimp that live around 415 degree vents! "Mom, the crab isn't cooking!" "Boil it longer Billeeee!"
Verse Squared (18 days ago)
Final frontier?
Jeanne Erica Lacson (18 days ago)
Mining for what? For selfish gain!
Manish Kumar (18 days ago)
please the ocean bottom untouched. do not raise your greed so much that every part of earth is demolished.😧
Ben carroll (19 days ago)
Fantastic Video!!! Single use plastic is a huge problem. I am curious about the braided line he is talking about? Some of the braided lines last even longer then the nylon. the only truly Biodegradable line is Bioline. it will break down in 5 years to a very minimal amount of Carbon Dioxide and H2O.
I love lego minecraft (19 days ago)
Mmmmmmmm they only find the stern of S19 from WW1 but not the bow but next time they should find the titanic
Patricia Crowell (20 days ago)
A man could buy countries. A horrible thought about greedy and power hungry individuals. Modern trash is no enemy to earth like mining for gold will be.
Om Dim (20 days ago)
Thalassphobia attack
David Syd (20 days ago)
Bah....the swearing!! I can't show my kids this now!!!
Mike Brown (21 days ago)
I have always wondered if cures for diseases like cancer can be found using scientific research of the deep ocean. Destroying it with mining hadn't crossed my mind. Considering man's greed and lack of regard for our planet, it should have.
ms. hery (21 days ago)
What an amazing video. It reveal the deep ocean.
Mohd Falique (22 days ago)
Lets againts mining in deep sea... Boycot mining deep sea
Alnajid Usman (22 days ago)
Oh please not mining.
MYE VEGA (23 days ago)
Bless the beasts in the oceans...who will protect them from man's greed? Already the killerwhales and the other species are being wiped out of the oceans slowly through pollution..we are harvesting their foodchain in the blink of an eye.. man has no mercy.
Nisa sidek (23 days ago)
Please dont mining it!!!!!!!!
adson gurung (23 days ago)
True gold diggers
Ari yana (23 days ago)
y’all are stupid and the cancer of the earth.
ren hangad (24 days ago)
no to mining there pls
Roy Gould (24 days ago)
"Manage the world with us as a part of it." Yes, except that most Humans are putting Humanity first and Earth after.
Moharnie inrahoM (24 days ago)
well from here it doesn't look like a plastic plate for me
Emmanuel Velasco (24 days ago)
Stupid minds.. they value more gold and resources beneath us than protecting the ocean.
santelmo (25 days ago)
Mum! they’re seem to be the bad guy. call 911
syed ata ul hai (26 days ago)
These motherfuckers have already destroyed everything on Land and now heading towards seas and oceans
Carlos Limas (26 days ago)
Our 21 century Avatar story?
rajarshi roy (26 days ago)
Means now they are looking to destroy the marine life.
is this love (26 days ago)
damn these people. dont ever think about it.
KalebTLT (26 days ago)
Was anyone curious enough to think, who ate off of that plate?
KalebTLT (26 days ago)
How would it feel to know that you are the first human in the history of the entire world to be in the exact spot where you are.
MintArcade (26 days ago)
Deep ocean: the last exploitable frontier :(
samidha saikhedkar (27 days ago)
Ocean does not require our protection. If you want to protect leave it as it. Exploration Okay. Mining???? N talking about protecting the ocean.. Hypocrites.
Kevork Manoukian (27 days ago)
Humanities next step: destroy the final frontier
PPSYKE: THE INTELLECTUAL (27 days ago)
ppSYKE: The Intellectual, powered by GOD
aqram 66 (27 days ago)
what the fuck .. miming ??? now they want destroy deep sea LOL
Debashish Avasia (28 days ago)
This is so beautiful and the underwater life truly natures ultimate reality feels like a Hollywood movie but this is real exploration. you fellows are so lucky and gutsy to go deep down.
Kovalan JR (1 month ago)
Have you seen a dinasour
林頌強 (1 month ago)
美國人又在海底4.5千公尺亂挖盡情的破壞海底深處寧靜.視頻中那裡是另一個世界、那裡的魚,.蝦、蠏'、章魚與我們平常所能看到的不相同、那處寧靜美麗、但是美國將用一種開礦的機器打鬆沙石.將會把它打亂在那生活的生物,但美國人就是那樣不會理會是否破壞生態、美國人自私自利為搶奪資源、什麽生態可顧不上,如果是俄國或中國美國又會說你們破壞地球不可這不可那-祇有他美國做的才對。
Ms Bunny (1 month ago)
Greed at its finest.
steven king (1 month ago)
Leave the sea alone
08wolfeyes (1 month ago)
It's clear that even with all our knowledge, we humans are still so dumb. The discovery of wonderful new species of creatures never seen before and yet there are those who are addicted to their greed that see an opportunity to destroy it. The world as it is has already seen so much damage caused by us and yet these people have learned nothing from it. Such places as the Great Barrier Reef almost destroyed, so many animals already extinct, it makes me sick!
Sunny Quackers (1 month ago)
no it's not
iSpaghetto (1 month ago)
The sea creatures says hello. But please no to mining T_T
mike liburd (1 month ago)
Can humans live down there?
Junrey Puerin (1 month ago)
Deep sea mining were all dead now
Tamimu Ishaw (1 month ago)
It already known by Muslims
Tamimu Ishaw (1 month ago)
Holy Quran 24:40 ------------------ أَوْ كَظُلُمَاتٍ فِي بَحْرٍ لُّجِّيٍّ يَغْشَاهُ مَوْجٌ مِّن فَوْقِهِ مَوْجٌ مِّن فَوْقِهِ سَحَابٌ ۚ ظُلُمَاتٌ بَعْضُهَا فَوْقَ بَعْضٍ إِذَا أَخْرَجَ يَدَهُ لَمْ يَكَدْ يَرَاهَا ۗ وَمَن لَّمْ يَجْعَلِ اللَّهُ لَهُ نُورًا فَمَا لَهُ مِن نُّورٍ Or [they are] like darknesses within an unfathomable sea which is covered by waves, upon which are waves, over which are clouds - darknesses, some of them upon others. When one puts out his hand [therein], he can hardly see it. And he to whom Allah has not granted light - for him there is no light.
Hilde Anthonsen Ekhaugen (1 month ago)
Yes, Now that they have pumped up from the sea-floor, and destabilized the continents with lifting all that sand up. So mother Earth does her best to repair it, with shaking it all, making earthquake's, and take big bites by erosion. The forces that know this, and still does these things things, are the same that have dried some large areas to almost desert's, then burned up the land and buildings, and by adding so much water, that good soil, roots and seed's, get washed off the lands and rest out in the oceans. Then there is all the treassurres they know is deep under the very thick lce. Or inn, or under, mega mountains! For the ones with large cities, already built, deep under ground, with food stacked high. Covering their needs for a very long time. Probably growing of a lot of plants, fruits...... Hens, and other animals they will need for fresh meat, and some new eggs. Maybe some big acquarians...., Well, and then there is us....... Good luck to us all! Some parts of our world is already looking far a head, down in the local ditch, and dump's. So very sad......😭. 🇳🇴.! 🎼💔🎷
ononynouse (1 month ago)
Minecraft servers be like:
pijafinocchio (1 month ago)
Humans: "hey, let's destroy that newly discovered habitat too!"
edward rommel bowley (1 month ago)
Mining on the ocean can finish humanity dont you think so???
its me Bobby P (1 month ago)
Fuck that mining machines..
Corenetic Gym (1 month ago)
we are the virus
Subhadip Bhattacharya (1 month ago)
Great video. Thanks for upload.
Rich Remmy (1 month ago)
Wish i had some money to start a deep ocean mining company! A new Gold Rush!
Tomcat Tomcat (1 month ago)
The hidden truth there is no bottom to the ocean We exist between spheres The hydro and atmos
Chrizen Biel reyes (1 month ago)
Government should not allow deep ocean mining. Living creatures under the ocean might destroy. They should prohibit ocean mining.
Lawrence Sand (1 month ago)
mining the deep oceans will surely destroy everything beneath.
Ashajit Tentha (1 month ago)
Better die you fucking mindless son of bitch
MrOwnerxD (1 month ago)
*We are going to explore the deep ocean find new species and help humanity. Oh look we found a gold mine. Fuckk this shit let's go gold mining * . Lol
Pizza Kraken (1 month ago)
dude everything happened for a reason, if this deep sea creatures have been found, dont make them extinct, theres a reason why we could explore the ocean, doesnt mean we can just take all we want down there, God wants us to explore what He made and not destroying them, Im pretty sure extincted animals will soon somehow gets revived, because they dont live just to die before we even look at them.
Lance Weyrich (1 month ago)
I say we just nuke all the brown skin countries wait a few year and walk in and take all of their shit.
Just some chilling lemon with no moustache (1 month ago)
Lance Weyrich That's some Weeb shit kid
Od Stain (1 month ago)
what the fuck about mining in deep sea,it can be destroying environment of sea,why human so greedy
sam english (1 month ago)
No space is the final frontier
Ace of Spades (1 month ago)
I'll have to disagree on that deep sea mining bullshit first we just destroyed the earth's surface and now the sea?
Mayleen Inciong (1 month ago)
*Don't Let Your Curiosity Drive Your Own Body.*
Rizal My frizzle (1 month ago)
Ya ruin more environment 🤬
X HDManila (1 month ago)
Man can't find anything more to destroy on the surface so they are going deep sea. This is not funny at all...you dumbasses would trade our planet for mere power over others. Humans are really disgusting! Phew!
Tengku Aliff (1 month ago)
8:45 This part beyond is where everyone is crying about
MiR MiR (1 month ago)
Who does these discoveries? and where can I follow the latest news about the deep sea??
Tommi Davidson (1 month ago)
Now go find MH 370.
Phil wiens (1 month ago)
You people need to leave the fucking ocean alone.
Phil wiens (1 month ago)
That dinner plate looks different to me