The deep sea is one of the least explored environments on Earth and has been visited by fewer people than the moon.
So if you think living on the moon’s surface is a crazy scheme for people, try 200m under the ocean where the sunlight barely touches and all you can see is an inky black expanse.
At a depth of 200 m, the pressure is about 21 times higher than at the surface.
At this point almost all of the light has been filtered out and the water temperature has dropped to about four degrees.
Despite these (for humans) uninhabitable conditions, the company is marine technology Deep has promised to build a permanent underwater station so researchers can operate “continuously” at that level from 2027 onwards.
So far, underwater installations have only been of a temporary nature.
But the base known as the Sentinel promises to become a scalable and viable center for marine research.
According to Deep’s newly revealed plans, in just four years, humans could be living in the ocean’s twilight zone – where sunlight barely reaches.
There is no great lifestyle for man so deep below the surface of the sea.
Forget the glamorous underwater hotels that allow you to do that Sleep next to fish on the Great Barrier Reef.
Minimalist living, sleeping, kitchen and working spaces are available to the researchers during their stay.
But climate change has left researchers desperate to protect the ocean, and to do so they need to eliminate the – typically – more than four-hour commute to “the office.”
Steve Etherton, CEO of Deep, stated: “We have to protect the oceans. To do that, we need to understand them.
“The oceans are at the heart of many of the intergenerational challenges facing the world, and they also offer opportunities that we don’t even begin to grasp.”
A base approximately 200m deep will allow researchers equally accessible access to both the Twilight Zone and the Sunlight Zone or Epipelagic Zone.
The lower epilagic zone, where light and darkness meet, is home to 90 percent of marine life.
However, the quality of life in this dark region is probably why researchers can only live in the base for up to 28 days at a time.
Following the Titanic submarine disaster in June, Deep was quick to reassure viewers that the technology behind Sentinel, its submersibles and research equipment was “supported by engineering and human performance training and qualification programs (DEEP Institute) and a unique underwater research system.” and Development Testing and Operations Facility (DEEP Campus).”
US President of Deep Sean Wolpert added: “Out of sight and out of mind – a better understanding of the oceans is no longer an option.”
“We are already speaking to potential international partners and others with a long-term view of the planet’s needs who recognize that the benefits to humanity of conserving and managing the oceans are now too great to ignore.”
“As we look at the issues surrounding the emerging new oceanic/blue economy, we hear about opportunities and solutions in pharmaceutical research, carbon capture and innovative medicines.”
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