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James T. Kirk, the fictitious captain of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, famously heralded space as “the final frontier.” Yet while twelve humans have walked on the moon, just three have descended to the bed of the world’s deepest ocean trench. Economist Films brings viewers on a voyage to discover the true final frontier. The footage offers perspectives from the fields of science, exploration and mining, and it paints a colorful picture of the bustling activity taking place in Earth’s most inhospitable environment. getAbstract recommends this video – which contains some strong language – to anyone interested in scientific discovery and the future of exploration.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why deep-ocean exploration is so challenging,
  • What such ventures can reveal about human history and the origins of life, and
  • Why deep-ocean mining may prove to be a lucrative endeavor.

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Economist Films produces documentaries that investigate economic, social and political issues.



Due to their vast darkness, immense pressure and freezing temperatures, the Earth’s deepest waters were once inaccessible to humans. However, technological advances have overcome these barriers, allowing aquanauts to explore the deep. The crew of the Okeanos Explorer, a US exploration vessel, encompasses an interdisciplinary team of specialists that uncovers new marine species, explores shipwrecks and studies the origins of life on the planet. From the ship, the crew remotely operates a robotic submersible vehicle that boasts intense LED lights and high-resolution cameras, allowing...

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