Earth, We Hardly Know Ye
70% of it is ocean.
95% of that is unexplored.
Around 98% of Earth’s land has been traversed, which means with all figures accounted for, 68.5% of our own planet remains unexplored. In 2010, the Census of Marine Life performed the first ever Marine Census, sending out 2700 scientists from more than 80 countries to study our world’s oceans. The numbers they came back with were quite astounding.
This new community of scientists have amalgamated every bit of information we know about the ocean’s today, and after 540 expeditions have compiled an exhaustive list of the species we know to exist. What the Census revealed was the confounding amount of species we’ve yet to cross paths with. According to the study, due to the vast amount of area humans haven’t explored, marine biologists estimate that there are over 750 000 marine species we are ignorant of.
NASA has spent an average of 8.17 billion dollars a year since its inception in 1958. Countries around the world are investing vast amounts of money on a yearly basis to discover the mysteries of space, when in fact we hardly even know our own planet. Yes, it seems plausible the existence of intelligent life in other galaxies, but the alarming evidence that we have yet to uncover an enormously significant amount of intelligent life in our own galaxy suggests a more pressing matter.
Reasons in the past for not exploring the ocean deep have been rooted in a global lack of funds and technology. These undiscovered species dwell in extreme habitats with extraordinary pressures and frigid temperatures. Scientists have attempted to cross these hurdles but instead have faced many challenges along the way, such as damaging the species too much before reaching the surface to study them. Advancing technology has been a slow process, but has worked enough to discover as much as 6000 new species in the last 10 years.
What would be a realistic solution to this problem? NASA-2. NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but what if it stood for National Aquanautics and Sea Administration? If even one billion dollars more were invested into deep ocean exploration next year, the results would be extraordinary. We humans would be privy to an exponential increase in marine discoveries. More and more ocean oddities would finally be revealed, and who knows, maybe we’d finally capture some footage of that ever elusive giant squid?
To read more about the Squidworm discovered in the Census, read here: https://kylelarkin.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/new-abnormal-creature-found-in-deep-ocean/
To see more pictures of deep ocean creatures, click here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/8039965/Census-of-Marine-Life-pictures-of-new-ocean-species-discovered.html