Thursday, April 07, 2011

Ocean Virgins

Richard Branson's new space-sub will take explorers deeper than any submarine has gone before

Virgin Oceanic will explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans. 

Sir Richard Branson is known for running Virgin Group - an empire of hundreds of companies, many of which you have heard of, including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Megastores and Virgin Records. This week in Newport Beach, California, the British billionaire announced a plan to explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans with the launch of a new venture called Virgin Oceanic.

When you read Richard's blog post explaining why he is doing this, it makes you wonder why it has not already been done:
What if I were to tell you about a planet, inhabited by ‘intelligent’ beings that had, in the 21st Century, physically explored 0% of its deepest points and mapped only 3% of its oceans by unmanned craft, when 70% of that planet’s surface was made up of water. Then I tried to convince you that only 10% of the life forms inhabiting that unknown world, are known to those on the surface – you’d think I’d fallen asleep watching the latest sci-fi blockbuster! Then you discover that planet is Earth...

When he puts it like that, we really are ocean virgins. The following video shows an artist's rendition of the Virgin sub in action, and you can learn more at virginoceanic.com


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