Obsession of the Day : Underwater Worlds

Planet Earth is plentiful with forgotten cities. Piles of ruins often help us to unravel the mysteries of ancient lifestyles. At times, we find these cities amidst dust and rubble in what was perceived to be uncharted territory. As such, the excavation of places like caves is incredibly common. Archaeologists dig deep into the histories of past civilizations and utilize their findings when making decisions for our future. Many of their discoveries are made on solid ground. But what about those finds that are buried just a tiny bit deeper? Like, for example, the awe inspiring remnants that send us deep down into the depths of the ocean, searching for answers. Here is a look at these underwater worlds, the beautifully abandoned cities floating just beneath the surface.

Underwater Worlds by Definition

By definition, an underwater world must be beneath the surface of a mass of water, below the line of a vessel in order to qualify. Many of these cities submerged reveal artifacts that date back tens of thousands of years. An unfathomable number of these types of cities have already been found and evidence suggests that this journey has only just begun.

Why We’re Obsessed With Them

These underwater worlds are remarkable for a wide variety of different reasons from where they are located to how they are examined and ultimately, the discoveries they yield. Were it not for the excavation of oceanic remnants, we would know a lot less about marvelous historical figures like Lord Krishna, Cleopatra, Noah and more. Discoveries made in the ocean’s depths turn facts to fiction and vice versa. They answer questions and raise even more questions. Most importantly, they keep us coming back for more.

People Continue To Risk Their Lives Exploring Underwater Cities

Deep sea exploration is certainly not for the weak at heart but somebody has to take the plunge. Brave nautical voyagers face a vast number of threats that constantly put their safety at risk and their lives on the line in the process. To give you a brief explanation of the world they’re submerged into, here’s a description of a typical nautical deep environment:

  • Extreme temperatures— from the very hot (752 degrees Fahrenhe it in the deep sea) to the extraordinarily cold (32-38 degrees Fahrenheit in the deep polar ocean)
  • Limited vision— pitch black on all sides with the ever present hazard of floating debris and carnivorous sea creatures lurking at every corner
  • Floating debris— as noted above
  • The possibility of faulty equipment— in addition to natural dangers, deep sea and ocean divers also face a myriad of man made menaces such as faulty equipment causing short circuits, loss of oxygen, explosion, implosion and more.

To spite it all, many science enthusiasts see these risks as a necessary evil. Sylvia Earle, owner of Deep Ocean Exploration Inc. argues that the absence of risk in regards to oceanic discovery could cause us to miss finding key information related to mankind, ocean life, the environment and more. “What really is at risk is our future,” she concludes.


The Best Treasures Are Buried At The Bottom Of The Ocean


How The Phenomenon Of Underwater Worlds Impacts Our Future

Underwater cities have brought all of the following plus more into our lives:

  • Ostracon (bits of stone with writings etched along the surface)
  • Ancient columns
  • Statues
  • Maps
  • Flatware that is thousands of years old
  • City streets
  • Buildings
  • Tombs
  • Coins
  • Cemetaries

In addition to uncovering lost objects that tell us tales of the past, these submerged cities also give scientists insight into the causes of flooding such as erosion, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes and more.

Take A Dive:

Underwater Cities You Can See For Yourself

While it is notable to mention the fact that approximately 90% of our ocean’s depths remain unexplored, Wikipedia still lists a total of 29 underwater cities, some of which sprawl on for acres, containing whole buildings, roads, even cemeteries. If you’re a true adventure traveler, here are three you can examine on an escapade.

Canada’s Lake Minnewanka

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This 21 kilometer glacial lake isn’t just the longest lake in the Rockies (the Canadian Rockies that is) but it also happens to be home to a great underwater village along with a submerged, dilapidated dam and bridge that scuba divers are free to peruse.

Egypt’s Alexandria

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Set your sights on Egypt if you want to explore the underwater world of the captivating Cleopatra. This breathtaking dive site features a surplus of more than 7,000 objects, proving it to be one of the most historically rich archaeological sites on the planet to date.

China’s Lion City

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Since this specimen was intentionally submerged, it features all of the allure of a well preserved historical site. The only difference is this… It’s 30 plus meters under the sea.

In Conclusion

If underwater ruins have taught us nothing else, they serve as a reminder that no matter how royal, talented or successful you seem, no matter the size of your fortune or the strength of your army, you’ll never be as powerful as the tide. All it takes is one small crack in the pavement, one short rumble of the Earth, the lapse of a dam or the shift of a glacier and your whole world can get twisted upside down quite literally.

upcoming obsessions Fueled By this topic

Researching underwater worlds and their remains has me amped and ready to learn about caves, tombs, erosion, pirates, archaeology, glacial lakes, ancient maps and Egypt.

This webpage contains unaltered versions of Wikimedia’s Aquarius (laboratory), Pixabay’s Remains, Abandoned and Creepy Places’ Underwater City, China, Wikimedia’s Koneswaram Temple and  Underwater Archeology all of which were available under Creative Commons licensing.

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