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Old 04-14-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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Paraphrasing an oceanographer talking about the search for the Malaysian airliners. Of course I've heard this stated in one form or another before but it is ironic that while we clamor to colonize the Moon or Mars we still have two-thirds of our own planet left to be explored.

Time for a Sea Race? Surely it can't cost as much as space exploration and would reveal far more practical applications (by the way, I am in no way opposed to space exploration or feel that it is a guns vs butter issue).
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:34 PM
 
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A large portion of my working career was mapping the gravity vortexes of the ocean floors.

There is a huge amount of area to be mapped and things move.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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It's a heck of a lot easier to map the Moon than it is to map the ocean floor...
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:07 PM
 
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Paraphrasing an oceanographer talking about the search for the Malaysian airliners. Of course I've heard this stated in one form or another before but it is ironic that while we clamor to colonize the Moon or Mars we still have two-thirds of our own planet left to be explored.

Time for a Sea Race? Surely it can't cost as much as space exploration and would reveal far more practical applications (by the way, I am in no way opposed to space exploration or feel that it is a guns vs butter issue).
Of course it costs more than exploring space. Space is vastly more hospitable than the deep sea. The pressure alone at the bottom of the sea adds exponential cost to engineering anything to visit the abyssal or hadal zones.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:17 PM
 
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Of course it costs more than exploring space. Space is vastly more hospitable than the deep sea. The pressure alone at the bottom of the sea adds exponential cost to engineering anything to visit the abyssal or hadal zones.
Hmmm.

The Deepsea Challenger that James Cameron built and used to explore the Mariana Trench, at a depth of 35,787 feet cost $10 million. Now remind me of the cost of one space shuttle? As for the inhospitably of the oceans, as compared to outer space, what outside of water pressure is greater than radiation, collisions with space debris, the effects of weightless on muscle and bone atrophy?
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