Our planet’s surface is more than 70% water, with almost all of it forming our oceans. The same oceans that have been source of mystery and challenges since the dawn of humanity. We have looked over these waters, onto the horizon, always wondering what lies beyond. Maybe the edge of the world? With the Columbus and the age of discovery we bravely set out to find that, instead of the world’s end, numerous new and exotic countries await!
While we have managed to conquer the ocean surface in this modern era, with thousands of ships that skim over it with ease that our ancestors could only dream of, the dark deeps of our World Ocean are almost as unexplored as they ever were.
Think about it: We have explored a smaller part of our ocean floor than the surface of Moon and Mars!
Exploring ocean depths poses numerous obstacles that we find extremely hard to overcome. One of the most important is the crushing pressure that is present and rises rapidly the deeper you go, a woe of many an early submarine. Nevertheless, we pushed on, always trying to break records and do amazing feats, diving deeper and longer with each passing year. Current records for most of the diving categories are, frankly, mindblowing and awe-inspiring. I mean, human body wasn’t built to do that, how in the world do these people manage to pull it off?
In this spirit of discovery and always pushing the limits, here’s an infographic by The Daily Research with some cool and fun information on our diving achievements:
How Deep Can We Dive – Source