Discovering “The Alien Deep” Under the Ocean
Dr. Robert Ballard on his latest expedition to the depths of the ocean.
- Duration 8:35
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Dr. Robert Ballard on his latest expedition to the depths of the ocean.
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He joins us dollar good morning doctor dollar going -- Mario that's a little bit closer to -- and look closer yeah.
And editor and -- Ordinarily -- interest and -- would be amenable.
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-- comfortable now that's not its only alien and that.
We don't know that much about it too but tell me what started as a -- well -- this is 35000.
Feet seven miles down.
Well and you're Gordana Farnham.
I've been down over 20000 feet and -- now -- is robots -- -- are comfortable.
20000 fluid and it takes about six hours to get down and six hours and -- is -- ridiculously ocean -- -- 35000.
As you know Jim Cameron just went down.
You know admitted dive in central job -- too well tonight there are now well you know at 8 am most people don't realize that half of our country is -- A 50% of the United States is under the additionally a better maps from Mars and half a room country growing and it's raising.
So one major wanna look -- that's a -- question.
Alone when did you.
What went in to become available but it is possible -- Well that's the deepest in they'd actually go to Challenger Deep in the Trieste in 1960 -- -- an -- I've always wanted to be undersea explorer and I was lucky to get a scholarship when I was a kid.
That's seventeen went to see in my first expedition 53 years ago have been added -- sense -- a 140 expeditions and a month.
They used to be -- now we use advanced robotics systems action actually do it from my cellphone.
-- and it's really crazy we can actually put our robots down put him on your -- had put -- -- your cellphone.
I have command senators.
-- -- or right can literally go under the command center and take over command and control of the of the vehicle on water.
It's pretty cool so what does -- does -- Well -- really finding now all sorts of things first place there's a tremendous amount of resources.
A lot of a lot of oil and gas mineral resources fisheries.
As I -- say half of our country's down there and we've yet to to map that and explore -- We have named on the Lewis and Clark should Saint Louis and quark expeditions of Tutsis consider one -- Lois and Clark now have.
Before or on our ship the model us over 45% on the -- -- women that we have entire watches now -- as they've been really get in the game.
And that's why we modified that -- So no I think the important thing for people to realize is that that we know so little.
And every time we go down we make major discoveries that have economic potential for the country's -- and where Fisher one.
Are you always get you know they're they're not and there's no beauty contest -- because is totally dark Melancon impress -- another.
So you do get some pretty exotic but hardly finished -- -- -- but I think the most it is -- what right now feels pretty pretty homely looking thing now.
The little -- and can barely see that was down around 22000 feet out of Ross -- conclusion that is -- you don't want a you -- -- -- buried at sea that's got to find it.
Only way to retrieve this -- first and I'm Clinton about of course anyway to get to Arlington house absolutely.
It's there is anywhere now -- in our now.
Doing productions -- 121000 feet so.
The potential for energy independence and are -- -- parents don't.
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My she got an -- and I don't think so as an arm.
And Laura Myers got none of my head -- it sounds fun in my -- and so I think -- -- I think you want it sounds fun in my head -- I think your -- But I can't hear anything really well you know -- that's an arm hanging out rests -- tonight.
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I've Apollo -- as well we have technical problems like that it -- bet than expected.
Can ruin your day so what 121000 page.
But that's alarmist or -- exporters.
And retrieving -- Oil yes.
And and and now we've discovered.
Very rich concentrations of copper -- silvers and -- gold so what's -- -- now.
Well they all over actually -- ocean ridge runs around the earth like salmon a baseball -- largest mountain range on the planet.
And their mineral deposits all all throughout them down.
On and it's not the -- discovering.
Well I I think -- -- the greatest in people think the discovery that Titanic was my best discovery actually.
It wasn't it -- the discovery -- and like systems on plan will be found -- creatures that live not off the energy the so we've been taught in our biology books -- life was due to the -- that is our friendly little neighbor.
But we were actually able to show that there's a whole -- -- system on the planet that we know exist.
And the lives not off the energy this on the energy the earth itself.
Out of they differ.
Well they don't photo -- they they they -- synthesizer actually using the energy of the volcano's beneath the sea.
The call extreme files and they I have come actually from outer space.
And they may have been the trigger of life on our planet so that was a pretty big -- What happens if -- get out.
A mixed with finished well they do and what I do innovative days that -- -- -- and they do really well they don't like.
And daylight they like living in total darkness.
But normal creatures fish will come into their communities and and rate them eat themselves there's -- connectivity between these two different -- -- adversary relationship as of Elway says.
And his status and the bit -- to little finished salon that's right there on the line but -- these particular creatures.
Have human like blood in their body they have hemoglobin union and they act resume and some of them.
We've found these giant -- -- of one they have they they don't that they don't have human like they have -- -- -- violence and the other actually trying to store oxygen because.
The fluids that are coming out of these volcanoes -- an -- -- and the suffocate so they have to storm just like we do we have -- store.
Oxygen and blood.
So you have those.
Special on National Geographic yes we have Sunday night at 7 o'clock in the -- it's five part series that took last four years to film.
We're sort of glad to have it warned on Sunday night I don't know -- have been a lot of work went into the series and I hope people watch it'll tell I'm well we'll tell a lot about the earth that you don't know about.
Because now there's some an affable yet potatoes -- -- Until after 8 o'clock right and it started seven dollars your show the rents five -- Not sounded -- get by jokes Molinaro.
But you can Tivo -- men.
And live and -- -- -- table yeah and and then you can watch it they're gonna be rearing and over and over again and -- -- -- there yes it did -- and in Europe for an award for that and long -- of economic somebody like me.
There's pretty much wrapped up in themselves -- and creative -- not about me.
And I was I don't know much interest.
But I do this well this really the -- on to this seems really fascinating well it is people as large let me in my -- for -- Well above Washington via a fourteen year old daughter -- don't thesis -- business.
I'd ever email address.
Text but -- What are developing very -- -- -- -- well thank you are couple questions about the Titanic.
You purposely look for hot dog -- Well actually lists I was doing them -- series a military operations as an intelligence officer.
And the Titanic was our cover we were actually mapping that -- scorpion.
To severance -- laughter in the Cold War.
And the scorpion had nuclear weapons that we did on the Soviets no worse of the Titanic was our cover.
The Pentagon also you're warrior working for for the panic.
-- and I was naval officer and I was -- -- humor I wasn't supposed to conference I think.
They have stumble unleaded is now my action I wanted to find that the bill Doyle depending -- -- media is it before.
To divert people's attention from our real mission and.