“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy

The Deep Blue

The oceans comprise of more than 70% of our planet’s surface and yet we know more about distant stars and planets than we know about our own oceans. The last manned exploration mission of the deepest point in the ocean happened in the 1960’s. That is deeply disappointing considering the possibilities the depths of the ocean hold undiscovered.

You only learn about something by interacting with it in a meaningful manner. Our interactions with the oceans have been superficial and exploitative. But there is no reason why it needs to be this way. We have far greater technological knowhow and means at our disposal to explore our oceans in a more meaningful manner and learn from our endeavors.

Given how much of our planet’s surface is covered in salt water, it stands to reason that once we learn more about the oceans, we can being creating permanent settlements both on and under the water. This will allow us to better use our resources and put our idle resources to better use while reducing pressure on our existing economic and social infrastructure.