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Why the idea of living on Mars is more popular than the idea of living in the deep of ocean?

Asked by Your_Majesty (8235points) September 3rd, 2010

Hypothetically speaking,it’s more possible to conquer the deep of ocean than the horrible condition of lifeless Mars but still,many people/scientists prefer to talk about the possibility to live on Mars than our very own seabed. But why?
With our advanced technology it’s more possible for us to create our underwater civilization than Mars civilization. Is it because the popularity of Mars? Not many people know about the potential of deep ocean? Or else?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

I think it’s about the unknown. We know what’s under the water for the most part. Yes, we are continuing to find new things in the far depths of the ocean, but we have a very good idea of what is there. There is still a lot of unknown about space and what life would be like in space.

marinelife's avatar

First, I am not sure that more people want to live on Mars than live underwater on Earth.

But presuming your premise was true, I would think it was because of the unknown of outer space. Being underwater is still on our planet. It just does not have the cachet.

aprilsimnel's avatar

It’s dark down there! I need to see some honest-to-goodness sunlight once in a while, and artificial lights aren’t going to cut it. Plus, living down there is sure to disturb the animals who are adapted to that environment. I’d hate to kill them off.

rts486's avatar

I think its because Mars is a whole different planet, further away from Earth.

Lisabeth's avatar

Three reasons come to mind:
First, space travel is simply exciting. At this point, Mars is not available for anyone, other than robots, for any length of time. We already live on the earth and Mars is not earth.

Second, although being under water and being without air are pretty much the same thing, we have all experienced not breathing under water and we don’t think of underwater space as liveable. We do live on land. Mars has land, so we can relate to that.

Third, perhaps we think of the ocean as already occupied. Although there is a lot of space available, there is already a lot of life there. With Mars, not so much. There’s room for us without displacing anyone or anything that we are aware.

Trillian's avatar

“but still,many people/scientists prefer to talk about the possibility to live on Mars than our very own seabed.”
Proof that this is a true statement? Have you got a link to any sudies?
“Not many people know about the potential of deep ocean?” What?

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Ben_Dover's avatar

It isn’t. where do you get your facts to base this opinion?

Your_Majesty's avatar

@Trillian Oh should I fundamentally prove all my statement? It’s an evidence we could see else where,you don’t need to search information of chili spiciness to learn the spicy taste.

I can make that statement because it’s obvious,in most other scientific sites I participated in stating the possibility about living on Mars (I can ensure you that they’re real scientists) but no one/less people I find discussing about the possibility of living underwater. You know there are more evidence out there in the internet. If you really want a proof I can search/Google it for you (I bet you can do yourself a favor).

wundayatta's avatar

If the premise is true, then I think one reason would be that humans are much more comfortable on the surface of a planet than deep beneath that surface in place with huge pressure and air and light issues. On the surface of Mars, all you have to worry about is air. Pressure and light are much less of a problem compared to deep under the oceans.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@Lisabeth Good assumption! But there are many thing I could say about that.
First,we also have our underwater marine robots to investigate the deep ocean.

Second,actually,there are land on our seabed (everything that we can set our foot on could be considered as land),this would be more convincing if we could dry those place (not eliminating the sea! But with underwater dome) with some technology. Some terrain on Earth are actually the part of the ocean seabed,and vice versa,this is the result of the ice age and the rising of sea level.

Third,there are less creature on our deep ocean terrain. Taking some places wouldn’t disturb/cause any danger to the whole ecosystem. Human have already colonized every part of this world,causing disaster to nature and extinction to many creature on land. Living on the bottom of our sea won’t cause such tremendous harm.

@wundayatta Technology can handle that problem. It’s more possible for our technology to solve the problem living in the deep than the problem of living on Mars.

Trillian's avatar

“Technology can handle that problem. It’s more possible for our technology to solve the problem living in the deep than the problem of living on Mars.
Another unprovable statemet.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@phaedryx Forgive me,but what exactly is that? Some kind statistic data about the comparison of the possibility of living in Mars Vs deep sea. Or statistic data for who like to live in Mars Vs deep sea?

@Trillian Again,you keep asking me about the originality of my statement. There are such technology on Earth,you can search for that in the internet if you’re determined enough. Should I prove everything I said to you,even though you know they are rational and exist out there. Do you think I get all my information from virtual sources? I can get my information from books,or simply watching the scientific TV shows. How could you expect my to show you that?

@lucillelucillelucille Ha ha… You’re right! But there are less shark (and they’re smaller species of shark) on the bottom of our sorrow ocean.

phaedryx's avatar

My understanding:

step 1: closed ecological system
step 2: ocean
step 3: moon
step 4: mars

phaedryx's avatar


Google trends is a measure of search term popularity.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

Nobody cares about the ocean is why. We use it for to things.
A seemingly unlimited buffet
And a trash can.

RocketGuy's avatar

No rockets = no excitement. How fast would you go if you were to head to the bottom of the ocean – 5 mph?

Frenchfry's avatar

This question reminds me of the movie 2000 Leagues Under The Sea. Well I would say that one thing went wrong. We would all drown. Mars would be a planet . It would seem it would alot like living on earth. Well atleast it is above ground.

phaedryx's avatar

@Frenchfry but if something went wrong on Mars you could freeze, or suffocate, or…

Winters's avatar

@phaedryx yeah we could, but at the bottom of the ocean if something went wrong, we could be crushed by the immense pressure, or if it were just some sort of leak that we couldn’t plug up in the bio dome, drown which is not pleasant either.

poisonedantidote's avatar

i would say mars has a whole new level of potential. we may even find minerals and materials that simply do not and could not form naturally here on earth. there is no telling how it would advance us.

but furthermore, while we may find very strange creatures as the bottom of the ocean, none of them are ever going to be what you could call extraterrestrial, thats what it is all about now days, finding life, out there.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Seaofclouds “We know what’s under the water for the most part” We’ve explored less than 10% of the ocean bed. We dont know whats down there. Everytime a deep sea submersible is sent down we are finding new life.

Id take the ocean over mars anyday.

majorrich's avatar

I think if it fails on Mars, at least CNN won’t have cameras hovering over you 24×7

YARNLADY's avatar

Your perception is probably just a function of the news. Mars is more newsworthy than under the sea. Many people are interested in living under the sea, and in fact are currently actually doing it.

Trillian's avatar

@YARNLADY How amazing is that? I wanted to link some pictures from Hello Down There, if anyone remembers that movie. I thought it was the coolest thing then, and was nuts about the idea.
I grew up on the shores of Lake Huron and as a child my entire summers were spent at the beach and I would stay underwater as long as I could, pretending that I was a mermaid.
When I meditate now, my safe place is underwater, looking up.
I bookmarked that site and will kep an eye on the project. Thanks for the link.

gondwanalon's avatar

When I was in college I read a fascinating book called “Life on a Little Known Planet”. It is about Earth. Here we are living on this astounding garden planet teaming with lifeforms too numerous to count or completely understand. Complex animal and plant ecosystems are everywhere for people to study and learn from but few do.

It blows my mind that there are people who are willing to travel for a year or more in a box to reach Mars. For what? So they can search for some ice crystals or dead microbes? They will most likely lose far more than they find on Mars. They will lose their physical health and probably flip out mentally when they look back at where they came and see Mother Earth as a small white dot in the sky and realize that it will take another year and a half inside a box to get back home. If they make it back to Earth alive then their bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles will likely be too weak to support them and also likely suffer from radiation exposure.

As for living in the ocean. Researches could learn a lot of useful information from that.

majorrich's avatar

I do like the idea of living on Mars because everybody would have to have some kind of specialty and training. There would be way way fewer stupid people. We would get all the entertainment of that from worlds bumbest flavor of the week.

Jabe73's avatar

The conditions under several miles from the surface of the ocean are extremely severe. Believe it or not we would have a better chance living on Mars. The pressure of the water at that depth can reach 7 tons per square inch. It is very unlikely we could ever manufacture a diving suit to withstand that type of pressure so it would be much more difficult to build anything down there. There are certain fish and rare forms of life that can live at these depths however but never us. As harsh as Mars is it would still be more plausible (outside of the distance factor).

sliceswiththings's avatar

Ha I first read this as “living in Mass.” Because living in MA is awesome!!

Jabe73's avatar

I meant 7 tons per cubic inch. I didn’t catch that until now.

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