City Under the Sea

City Under the Sea

2010, Technology  -   33 Comments
Ratings: 7.20/10 from 46 users.

In the future humans may need to adapt to a life underwater. There will be many dangers. Scolding volcanic fluids and crushing pressures can kill the unwary. In some ways it's easier to live in space than underwater. We know more about the moon than the dark depths of our own planet.

The oceans are the Earth's final frontier. But we may be forced to take the plunge. And ever improving technology is making it possible. We may soon live as science-fiction writers have long imagined - under the sea.

With a host of problems threatening the Earth's surface, is underwater living a viable alternative? Meet the scientists who believe that permanently submerged colonies are not just possible, but imminent.

This is hypothetical challenge of housing 100 families below the ocean's surface and race to overcome obstacles such as bone-crushing pressures, ravaging storms, and scalding volcanic fluids to create self-sufficient underwater communities.

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5 years ago

What has been discovered beyond coastal Antarctica? What was Admiral Byrd talking about? Maybe we ought to wring it out of the govt. It seems there is more to Antarctica than we are led to believe.

It seems there is a large bit of land left if one can learn to deal with the cold better. Greenland, Siberia, Arctic, Antarctica, Alaska, Canada. A bit of Nikola Tesla tech would come in handy to keep the power bill at zero. Hydroponics, etc.

If one must live beneath the ocean, maybe one ought to watch "Deep Blue Sea" (1999) with Thomas Jane to see how that turned out ... hahaha. Scientists doing what scientists do.

Daniel Sorkin
5 years ago

I thought it was a quite well-done documentary. Factual without being overly technical, optimistic about its subject without ignoring the real challenges. Whether anything will come of these undersea colony plans is another story.

6 years ago

Why bother with all the pressure problems of depth and just build a city ON the sea. Maybe not in hurricane or typhoon alley but there seems to be a bit of room out there. They seem to already have them in a couple forms: 1) air craft carrier 2) north sea oil rigs. Some years back The Netherlands? started making protective berms around floating homes made of concrete and towed into position. The docu is probably on here somewhere. Oh yeah and pollute the hell out of that area as some above suggested. NOT.

7 years ago

Nice vid for the dreamers among us. But to be serious, its a load of crap. Every technician understands that IF...and for the record, we never ever gonna live life on the sea floor, it never ever gonna happen, yeah as fun location like a hotel or sum, but im shure that allready excists but further it isnt necessary. There is no short of space, if you think so, grtz gov another brainwashed some research like here at topdocu for instance how to make from a dessert a nice garden of Eden...yeah it is possible and quiet simple to do so. And back to the technician thingie.......IF it was really necessary to move to the bodem of the sea, i asure you, the 'city' is constructed on land and shuffed into the sea afterwarths, so no bs with with risk for there own life builder story's....well that said, it's a dreamers.....wait there is a name for it fairtytale.

Ps: At Tuba......why dont get mor people food clothes or shelter instead of waisting money on NASA or other peeps they still not understand how to do thing while the answers are wright here (topdocu). Dont get me wrong, i love science...but funding for this load of crap. I have all the answers, no funding needed. IF you want to life on the seafloor, well build a big as sub/tank on land shuff it into the sea, food is allready there, like fish and seaweed but you can always make your little biodome...kind a needed for oxygen anyways :D O yeah, and you people do understand that searching for water wilest living IN water is kind of uh DUMB...yeah blabla drinkingwater, weeeeell.....its a simple filterprocess to make salt water drinkable....ask you local royal navy, they do it since like the founding of the navy. This is simply a waist of time, but if you seen everything else, yeah good luck :D

8 years ago

What exactly are 'scolding' volcanic fluids? Don't you mean 'scalding?' Where is your proofreader?

9 years ago

we spend a lot of energy and billions of dollars trying to understand the solar/planetary system (everything above the sky), but how come we don't put that much effort in studying everything below the surface of the earth and ocean, including below the surface of other planets which we have discovered? When we're curious about how something works, like a portable radio or an apple, our first impulse is to dig its surface and break it into pieces to see how it works and how its made, we're not so much vested on the external "system" which makes it work, like electricity, oxygen, or water; so why's there no fervor for studying the universe in that way? Why does NASA get more gov't funding than institutions that focus solely on Earth Science and Oceanography?

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10 years ago

0:14 "Humans are re-adapting to life underwater ..." Totally misleading statement. The video is about recreating the same conditions we have on earth underwater, therefore humans don't need any biological adaptation to live there.

10 years ago

For every 25 residents we need a tunnel between the living quarters and working quarters? We may colonize under the sea, but it won't look anything like this. I am still waiting for my flying car they promised in those movies in the 50s.

It is sad that all architecture schools care about these days is techno-fantasy and art stunts. I guess an honestly well thought out design isn't sexy enough for tv ratings. (minimizing exterior walls minimizes cost, complexity, materials, connections that need to be air tight. I guess with Obama running the project they will just print as much money as they need to construct this money pit of a design)

Do you want to trust your life to somebody with so little common sense they think 100 patrons will support a restaurant? Ever been to one of those tiny little towns of a couple hundred people where the nearest gas station is 20 miles away?

10 years ago

Jack, i'm good, just a dry sense of humour, your most likely american, i have trouble americans getting a dry humor, i'm just sitting back watching the world fall apart and get destroyed :) now, digging deeper into the earth might not be to bad an idea and yes, working on the land a little better,

lets pollute the underground with an underground mcdonals! no i'm just kidding.

As we are on water, can you belive how lazy me, we, some of us are all getting, buying ice cubes... lol

Carl Hendershot
10 years ago

Wonderfully amazing and well within human reach.

10 years ago

great! lets live under the sea and pollute it even more then what it is, kill the beautiful sea creatures that we already do on a massive scale to feed our over populated world, infact lets put an underwater mcdonals! i mean we already heavly pollute the air and the land, lets really think about completly f*cking the sea up! yay!....

10 years ago

Good doc.
I wish I could live under the ocean and have a little sub plane.
Maybe one day I will, who knows.

10 years ago

When I was twelve, a buddy and I found a square metal container. We cut a hole on one side and tried to glue a piece or glass over the hole and went deep sea diving in the pond. The glass leaked like a sieve but it was kinda neat. Pretended I was Captain Nemo.

10 years ago

An experiment from the movie Hello Down There and a primative version of theTV series Seaquest packed into a somewhat technical National Geographic show. Very inviting but you know humans will spoil it.

10 years ago

"Humans can't breathe water" 11:19 It's one of those docs..

10 years ago

I would rather be scolded by volcanic fluid than scaulded.

10 years ago

Sign me up. I've got cramped quarters and Isolation licked from sharing a house with 5 other people and having worked night shifts for 2 years.

10 years ago

This description of this doc reminds me of a friend from wayback, Hugo Verlomme who wrote the books Mermere and the follow up Sables (both in French)....2 must read if you speak the language!

I'll watch the doc tonight. The day is going well!

10 years ago

looks like bill gates has taken a plunge.