With everything going on above ground on our precious earth lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it might be like to live under the sea. All my life I’ve been fascinated by marine life and research. This was one of my career goals in high school, but it was not to be. Doesn’t stop me from poking around on the subject now and then. There are so many possibilities and untapped resources under the sea.
Sadly, we’ve raped our land and continue to strip it clean of everything good without any regard. Yes, we’re starting to make a turn-around environmentally, but I think we’re making a big mistake by discounting the bounty of the ocean and its many resources. We’ve made it to the moon, and the space shuttle just completed its last mission this morning. What would happen if we devoted the same amount of money to underwater habitats and sustainable living under water? Oceans are teeming with life, and they’re finding new species every day. We could harvest potable water, oxygen, food and energy sufficient to meet our needs while giving back to the environment at the same time.
What’s cool is, several expeditions and underwater habitats have been constructed and inhabited successfully since the early 1960’s. Been doing a little research on the habitats. Cousteau was the catalyst with the Conshelf I – III continental shelf stations. The US Navy followed with Sealab I, II and III. General Electric constructed the Tektite I & II habitats and carried out missions in ’69 and ’70. The Hydrolab was built around ’66 with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The Helgoland under water lab was built in 1968 in Lubeck Germany. The NOAA’s Aquarius Reef Base was built and ultimately re-deployed off the coast of Florida in ’92. MarineLab and La Chalupa Research Lab popped up in the 1970’s. Two more launched in the late ’90’s.
Each mission kind of built on the next one, and the technologies with it became more and more advanced. I was really excited to find out there’s going to be an upcoming expedition in 2012, The Antlantica Expedition I, II and III. They’re going to be exploring permanent underwater habitation and sustainable living.
Tomorrow, I’ll be going into more detail ok? Have some links I want to share so you can click and get a glimpse with your own eyes.
Time for bed! Hopefully this will wet your appetite!