What could go wrong?
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar … ea/603040/
...dang.....and what if one of those idiots accidentally pulls the drain plug?........
I'm pretty sure we'll be living on Mars before they can build a fleet of vessels to do mining at that pressure.
Oh come now, we will be vacuuming up the ocean floor willy nilly in no time. There is nothing the best minds of our generation can not be wasted on with the right motivation.
In fact we have done it before. I remember the Time magazine articles about the new sea mining of manganese nodules just lying there waiting to be picked up by our mighty American ships and Yankee know-how.
A publicity photo of the so-called deep-ocean mining crew used as part of the Hughes Glomar Explorer coverup. (Courtesy of Dave Pasho)
The huge HMB-1 barge, companion vessel to the mystery Hughes search ship Glomar Explorer, sailed through the Golden Gate at 8pm pdt, headed for "somewhere in the Pacific. " (Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)
“The ship had been laid up in San Francisco Bay for 15 years, but all of the electrical equipment and cabling looked brand new when we went through it,” he said. “It was quite unique. There was one floor in the forward accommodation area that was a secret location where the CIA stored its equipment. There was also a blackboard with a sketch of the grappling hook with the sub in it. That sketch told the big story of the operation, and there it was still on the blackboard. Pretty amazing stuff.”
“Everything was just as the CIA had left it,” explained Janik, “down to the bowls on the counter and the knives hanging in the kitchen. Even though all the systems were intact, this was by no means an ordinary ship, and the retrofit was going to be a tough job because the ship’s wiring was unlike anything we had ever seen before.”
The EPD team searched the electrical system, which did not go where it was supposed to go. Soon they discovered that it only went to the CIA’s covert control room. All of the wires had to be removed and all of the controls systems replaced.
...the U.S. Navy acquired the vessel, which was added to its auxiliary operations. The ship was laid up in Suisun Bay in the San Francisco Bay area but was kept a safe distance from other laid-up ships due to concerns about residual radiation.