Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wonders of the Deep

Mind-bending and beautiful video stills from exploration of the deep sea. Most of the Earth is covered with water, of course (Paul Watson thinks we should call this planet Ocean, which isn't a bad idea), and you know as well as I do, and everyone else does, because the Cousteau family have been telling us for a generation and a half, that we don't know the first thing about it!

Below, a breathless--is there any other way to be????--presentation by Bob Ballard. My favorite part comes at the end, where he talks about getting children interested (direct link in case the YouTube viewer below doesn't work:

“This is a young lady not watching a football game, not watching a basket ball game, watching exploration live from thousands of miles away, and it’s just dawning on her what she’s seeing, and when you get a jaw drop you can inform, you can put so much information into that mind, it’s in full reset mode.”


Oh! And hot off the press, from Australian scientists, a close-up photo, below of deep-sea squid skin! Has anything in your life experience prepared you for that image? I am absolutely astounded, I want to delve into the world of pigmentation, fling open the doors to a hundred special topics in dermal cells and deep-sea life. How can people watch football when things like this exist, completely new to human eyes????

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