LOST WORLDS

Scuba Diver Australasia - - Contents - By var­i­ous con­trib­u­tors

Whim­si­cal, po­lit­i­cal, his­tor­i­cal – hu­mans have left a legacy be­neath the sea that will sur­vive long after we are gone...

Much of the oceans’ mag­netic mys­tery comes from the fact that the waters of our planet can, and do, swal­low parts of our hu­man world.

And when they do, they leave lit­tle or no trace of their quarry above the waves. There is still so much we don’t know about what lies on the seabed, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

But, as we ex­plore ever more of the depths, we find ever more frag­ments of these “lost worlds”. These pre­served pieces of his­tory not only help us un­der­stand the past a lit­tle bet­ter, but more im­por­tantly they con­nect us with the awe­some size and power of the ocean, and re­mind us of our fleet­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of ex­is­tence in the vast­ness of time and space.

Some artists, pos­si­bly com­pelled by this “ex­is­ten­tial stim­u­la­tion”, are even cre­at­ing works of art to be in­stalled un­der­wa­ter, a last­ing tes­ta­ment to hu­mankind’s re­la­tion­ship with the sea.

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