Mission Blue – OrissaPOST

Since ages man has been on a mission to explore the mysteries that oceans contain within their depths. Despite unearthing of innumerable findings over the years, much of the ocean secrets have remained unexplored. In a bid to study various aspects of the ocean floor in an integrated framework, India has started working on Deep Ocean Mission, an ambitious project which envisages exploration of minerals, energy marine diversity of the underwater world among others.  It will put India in the company of nations like China, Korea Germany.

At a time when most of the first world countries have tested their technologies in shallow waters are yet to start deep-sea extraction, Sunday POST talks to a few scientists to ascertain India’s prospect in this ambitious mission.

Siddhartha Pati, IUCN specialist Researcher at University of Malaysia, says, “Probably one of the best-known episodes of Indian mythology is Samudra Manthan or the churning of the ocean mentioned in many scriptures like the Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana Bhagavata Purana. Mythologists such as Georges Dumézil Jarich Oosten contrasted the churning of the ocean to acquire nectar (amrita) with European myths regarding ambrosia. We look at how the mythological ‘churning of the sea’ is an invitation to focus as an untapped unconscious on the vastness of the ocean, its unlimited potential, its majesty the opportunity of its life within us.”

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