The oceans cover 71 percent of the earth, yet what lies below the waves is relatively unknown. As oceanographer Paul Snelgrove famously said, “We know more about the surface of the Moon and about Mars than we do about [the deep sea floor], despite the fact that we have yet to extract a gram of food, a breath of oxygen or a drop of water from those bodies.”
You would think it would be our duty as residents of the planet to figure out what’s literally surrounding us, but the deep ocean simply isn’t as sexy as outer space. That doesn’t mean the ocean can’t have her own moments of genuine creepiness that will hopefully lead to a completely un-needed remake of The Abyss. We still have time.
NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They’re like NASA, but go down instead of up. Last year, they constructed a titanium device that could dive 7 miles below the surface to Challenger Deep, the deepest (known) valley on the sea floor. Their device would be able to withstand pressures up to 16,000 pounds per square inch and hold a hydrophone to record the never-before-heard sounds of the bottom of the (known) sea.