The world’s five oceans have gone largely unexplored. Because the oceans cover 71% of the planet’s surface, that means most of Earth has yet to be observed by humans. With manned and unmanned submersibles and other underwater technologies pushing the pace, the years ahead should be a hallmark era of deep-sea exploration.
Expect to learn more about ocean habitats that have so far eluded observation, and expect to be wowed by the discoveries of never-before-seen creatures and other aquatic life that will undoubtedly illustrate the workings of the deep blue sea and how this largely unknown environment shapes the planet.
There’s Life in the Deep Blue Sea
Other underwater explorers have failed to match Cousteau’s legacy (Who could?) or generate as much media coverage as Cameron did, but many have made significant scientific discoveries. Consider the work in progress right now.
Just over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. The oceans have 96.5% of the Earth’s water. These figures highlight how much ocean water there is and understandably, how much there is still to explore. It comes as no surprise then when we hear on the news that scientists, researchers, or explorers have discovered something new in our oceans.