Monday, January 5, 2015

Humans crowding out Extraterrestrials in earth's oceans


World's First Underwater City Making Waves in Design Circles

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World's First Underwater City Making Waves in Design Circles
There is a whole lot of area (space) in earth's oceans (and interior), so no immediate threat to extraterrestrials living under the seas and oceans. This concept is reminiscent of the super floating cities in and over the gassy planets, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Except the alien cities are way bigger. And size does matter (bigger=better). Spirals look cool and seem practical on the drawing board but are limited in size and functionality. Many other types of structures dominate in the star system. Some immersed in massive oceans of various liquids but most are located (hidden) in strata of clouds and gases above the surface and some protruding and bobbing into space. 

Lou Baldin    

World's First Underwater City Making Waves in Design Circles (ABC News)

A new design for the world's first ever underwater city could mean some of your future neighbors will have scales and dorsal fins.

Searching for a way to combat the challenges coastal cities face with rising sea levels, a Japanese firm called Shimizu Corporation is presenting aquatic architecture as a possible solution. Titled "Ocean Spiral," the proposed $26 billion project would house 5,000 residents inside of a 500-meter sphere "city" that floats in the deep sea "like a spaceship," according to a recent statement by the company.

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"Breaking free from past patterns of land development, which have focused mainly on efficiency, this plan is intended to promote true sustainability while maximizing use of the deep sea's resources," write the designers, who are currently working with Japanese universities and national agencies to work through various details.
Tethered to the ocean floor by ballasts, the city would be protected by a sea wall from larger waves, according to diagrams. Shimizu also seeks to make the city entirely sustainable, with fisheries providing food for its inhabitants, a desalinization filter offering unlimited fresh water, power made from thermal energy conversion and reuse of carbon dioxide emissions by microorganisms living on the sea floor.
While the design is fantastical compared with current land-based living environments, the company insists its idea is viable and is exploring ways to build the concrete structure under the sea. 

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