The BBC has produced a fabulous infographic showing the ocean zones:
Sunlight, Twilight, Midnight, Lower Midnight, and The Trenches. The page also includes videos showing: what happens to material at 100, 1000, and 10,000 meters down; the animals living in the Abyssal Plains (described in a lovely Scottish accent); and the story of Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh going down to the Mariana Trench in 1960. No one has been back there since, but director James Cameron
and Richard Branson
are among the contenders who are going to make a go of it. (Rumour has it that Cameron intends to be the sole person in the sub, while Branson is just financing a team.) Meanwhile, the Doer team
(backed by Eric Schmidt of Google), says it's all about the science and not just being first in this century's race. And there's even a yellow submarine for the rest of us
, if by "rest of us" one means "has $250,000 to spare for a single trip". Don't forget to click the links at the top of the infographic page to see everything.
posted by maudlin
on Feb 24, 2012 -
Explore the work of the father of the modern submarine. John P. Holland
, an Irish-American born in 1841, designed and built many early submarines including the first
in the U.S. Navy. The Irish Fenian Brotherhood’s Skirmishing Fund financed his early work, including the Fenian Ram
, the imagined scourge of the British Navy. They eventually stole it from him but were confounded by its controls. Instead it was displayed in Madison Square Garden to raise funds for victims of the 1916 Irish Uprising.
Geocities: tread lightly.
Site uses frames, use the first link.
posted by putzface_dickman
on Sep 2, 2003 -
Doing some research on the submarine Thresher
,I found a song
written by Phil Ochs about the tragedy. I don't think it hit the charts like Gordon Lightfoots' song
regarding the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It then occurred to me that there probably will not be a song about the space shuttle Columbia. Why not?
posted by JohnR
on Feb 12, 2003 -
In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne predicted that submarines would go to the South Pole and be nuclear powered. Leonardo da Vinci, the Florentine Renaissance inventor and artist, developed plans for an underwater warship but kept them secret. He was afraid that it would make war even more frightful than it already was. Get the facts
about submarines. Check out the submarine timeline
. What's the future
for submarines? I want one
posted by ashbury
on Jul 2, 2002 -
the kursk is raised
and expected to reach murmansk by wednesday. then analysis can begin on the exact cause of her sinking.
once again the dutch prove that if it has to do with water, they're the best in the world at handling it
posted by bwg
on Oct 15, 2001 -
Remember the Kursk? It was discussed in length here last year.
Now the Russians are going to haul it up, because they don't want US salvage divers to see what their best technology looks like. But the people involved in the rescue attempt last year charge that the haste is risky, and could lead to serious consequences if those reactors were to rupture.
posted by Ezrael
on Jul 17, 2001 -
Sub Surprize - The Sequel.
Within two months of sinking a Japanese ship (and 24 hours of a recon plane landing in China) the US Navy have angered the Japanese yet again when the nuclear submarine Chicago showed up at a Japanese port without any prior notice.
Let's make a thread to track all the recent American military mishaps.
posted by tamim
on Apr 3, 2001 -