Titans of the Deep -2002 article

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Titans of the Deep -2002 article

Postby koimaster » July 16th 2018, 1:43pm

Below the thunders of the upper deep,

Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides: above him swell

Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;

And far away into the sickly light,

From many a wondrous grot and secret cell

Unnumber’d and enormous polypi

Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.”

The Kraken Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The undersea world is a mystery, deep and dark and dangerous. The deeps of the ocean are as hostile and as difficult to reach as the deeps of outer space – in some ways more so. Man has walked on the surface of the Moon, but no man has walked on the ocean floor of any but the shallowest waters. The greatest deeps have been peered at briefly through Trieste’s porthole, and intermittently explored by remote-controlled robots, much the same way NASA sends unmanned craft out into the Solar system. Alas it is not science but commerce which drives us deeper into the vast waters of our own planet – fueled more than anything by the quest for oil.

Braving the deeps likewise is not led by scientists, but by the commercial divers who build and maintain our undersea infrastructure. Saturation diving is the hazardous means by which they exceed the stern 43 meter (130ft) safe limit of conventional air diving. Today’s commercial and military saturation divers work within a maximum depth limit of some 600 meters (2000ft) – still only a toe dipped into oceans whose deepest point lies over 11,000 meters below the surface.

http://www.timezone.com/2002/12/10/tita ... ep-121002/


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