Oceans - What Lies Beneath - BBC World Service Radio Documentary Series - cheops
A new series from the 'Discovery' Program from the BBC World Service.
In this epic four-part series, Gabrielle Walker looks at how little we understand the waters on which human life depends, and talks to the scientists who are making some extraordinary discoveries deep beneath the ocean waves.
Four episodes of approximately thirty minutes each.
Episode 1: Ocean Life
Gabrielle Walker talks to some of the world’s leading oceanographers about what they describe as a new golden age of oceanic discovery, and why we appear to understand so little about such a crucial part of our planet.
Episode 2: The Deep
The deep ocean remains one of the least explored parts of our planet, but wherever scientists have been, in these dark, cold, inhospitable environments, they have found breathtaking and varied life.
Gabrielle meets the scientists who have ventured where so few have been before, and finds out why NASA have taken such an interest in life in the ocean abyss.
Episode 3: Ocean Resources
It is an often quoted fact that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about life beneath the ocean waves. Oceans make up more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and remain the last great frontier of discovery on this planet.
Could the cure for cancer or Parkinson’s disease lie hidden in the depths of the oceans?
Scientists are now trawling the ocean, and its flora and fauna, for new compounds, chemicals and novel gene sequences that could provide biotech companies with a wealth of raw material from which to create new medicines.
Gold and other precious minerals are also being discovered on the ocean floor.
But with new and previously unexploited resources comes issues of rights, and over-plundering of our already damaged oceans.
Episode 4: Oceans and Climate
In the last programme in this series Gabrielle investigates the complex interaction between oceans and climate. Could the oceans hold the key to protecting us from the effects of global warming?
First broadcast in 2009 on the BBC World Service.
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