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The Deep Sea
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The Deep Sea

Feeling a little cramped? There's plenty of room beneath the ocean's surface — in fact, there you'll find 95% of Earth's living space.

How deep is deep? Well, you could hide 20 Washington Monuments stacked atop each other. And what lives in this perpetually dark place? More than we know. Explore a world that's also deep in mystery.

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Alien Deep Interactive

Alien Deep Interactive

Investigate the many mysteries of the sea, including underwater volcanoes and centuries-old shipwrecks. More...

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National Geographic
Deep Sea Challenge

Deep Sea Challenge

Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron made a record-breaking 35,787-foot dive to the deepest place on Earth. Explore the science behind his expedition and descent. More...

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National Geographic
Will Deep-Sea Mining Yield an Underwater Gold Rush?

Will Deep-Sea Mining Yield an Underwater Gold Rush?

There's gold — and copper, zinc, and other valuable minerals — in them thar...seafloor seams! Take a look at the roadblocks and risks of this fledgling deep-sea mining industry. More...

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National Geographic
David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

We know more about the surface of the moon than our oceans. David Gallo, a pioneer of ocean exploration, is trying to change that — and he's got some stunning footage of deep sea creatures. More...

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TED
Nautilus Live: Games

Nautilus Live: Games

Take command of the Nautilus research vessel. Discover hidden treasure by completing shipwreck puzzles. Or design your own ROV. More...

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Sea Research Foundation
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Onward and Downward

Onward and Downward

Travel alongside James Cameron as he makes his record-breaking descent to the depths of the Mariana Trench with this image gallery. More...

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National Geographic
Robert Ballard: Exploring the Ocean’s Hidden Worlds

Robert Ballard: Exploring the Ocean’s Hidden Worlds

This veteran of 120 deep sea expeditions recaps some of the many discoveries he has made, including finding shipwrecks and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. More...

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TED
What We DON’T Know About the Deep Sea

What We DON’T Know About the Deep Sea

There's been a dramatic increase in deep sea exploration recently, yet we still know very little about this part of the ocean. Here are 5 reasons scientists "urgently need to know a lot more." More...

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Smithsonian

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