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Deep Water Exploration

Updated on October 23, 2014

A Lensography of What Lies Beneath the Waters of the World

A challenge to create 30 lenses in a new (to me) niche was a no-brainer. I am excited to explore the oceans and seas, deep water lakes and other mysterious realms in search of ancient artifacts, lost treasures, and jewels and gems of the deep that is only beginning to scratch the water's surface. We have so much to learn about this other side of the horizon. Deep canyons, sunken ships, ancient cities of the deep - all hold answers to mysteries we perhaps never even fathomed. Let us take a look at what the beauty and darkness have in store!

Photo Credit

Peter Benchley on the Sea

"I take nourishment from the sea,

in reality or imagination.

It speaks to me of continuity,

of promise, of adventure."

Ocean Planet: Writings and Images of the Sea

1926 - Diving in the Sargasso Sea

"I dived and entered an ultramarine world, with sprigs of amber sargassum weed floating near the ceiling of that world. Tiny fish darted past, and once, even with the dullness of my aquatic vision, I saw a small school vanish from view - a group of timid flyingfish which took to wing and entered the air at sight of my strange appearance.

Free Diving

Nature Notes for Ocean Voyagers ... Alfred Carpenter

If You Want to Build a Ship

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

— Antoine St. Exupery

Charles Lyell on the Principles of Geology

"It is probable that a greater number of monuments of the skill and industry of man will, in the course of the ages, be collected together in the bed of the ocean than will exist at any other time on the surface of the continents. ” Charles Lyell in "Principles of Geology,"

USS St Paul
USS St Paul

Oceanic Trivia

Courtesy of the Smithsonian

US Navy Ship Classification

Ammunition ships: for volcanos or names suggesting fire and explosives;

Battleships: after states of the union;

Destroyers: in honor of dead persons associated with the Navy or Marines;

Hospital ships: with "synonyms for kindness" or "other logical and euphonious words;"

Ocean tugs: for Indian tribes;

Provision storeships: for astronomical bodies;

Submarines: after fish and other sea life.

-Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans.

-The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth's water. Less than 1 percent is fresh water, and 2-3 percent is contained in glaciers and ice caps.

~ the phrase "Pooped out" originally described the condition of seamen caught on the poop or aft deck after a wave from heavy seas crashed down upon it.

~Chitin, a natural polymer in shellfish exoskeletons, has been made into water-resistant paper and edible food wrapping. But recent work has demonstrated that it also has antifungal properties and promotes healing.

It's not all about physical objects - Living Things are Treasures, Too!

Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

As a lover of wildlife and a lover of water, I vow to include lenses on "treasures" which include living things in the ocean, seas, and fresh waters of the world. I will explore all kinds of precious gems of the deep. Some will be living, others will be not. The deep has plenty of space to discover all kinds of precious gems. I have 30 lenses to discover as many as I can. Let this challenge bring us closer to our underwater worldly friends.

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean

Roll on, thou deep and dark

blue ocean--roll!

Ten thousand fleets sweep

over thee in vain;

Man marks the earth with ruin

--his control

Stops with the shore.

Lord Byron 1818


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