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Modern day Atlantis may be possible by 2030

By T.K. Randall
November 23, 2014 · Comment icon 13 comments

The sea could become home to millions in the not-too-distant future. Image Credit: NOAA
A Japanese construction company is planning to build underwater complexes that corkscrew in to the ocean.
Shimizu Inc. is pursuing a rather unique solution to the planet's overpopulation problems by designing a new type of habitation that will enable people to live within the depths of the sea.

Consisting of a large globe that can either float on the surface or submerge underwater, each complex could house a mixture of commercial buildings, hotels and residential homes. A special corkscrew shaped structure underneath would keep it stable in the water and make it possible for it to sink to avoid bad weather.
"The company and many other organizations have spent two years designing the project, working with technologies we think will be plausible in the future," said a spokesman.

Some of the these technologies include using microorganisms to convert carbon dioxide in to oxygen and a system to generate energy from differences in water temperature.

The construction of a single 'Ocean Spiral' is expected to cost up to 3 trillion Yen. ( $36 billion )

Source: Japan Times | Comments (13)




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Comment icon #4 Posted by GrimmOne 10 years ago
Well If it can be done I'm sure they'll find a way to make it happen
Comment icon #5 Posted by jarjarbinks 10 years ago
well, you can just come to Canada and live with us and pay taxes. We only used like 3% of our land. (south part, just close to the US border)
Comment icon #6 Posted by Rexx 10 years ago
Rather than blue-sky thinking, I would suggest this is pie-in-the-sky thinking. The underwater structure would have to be very compartmentalised, meaning little open space and the consequent psychological issues surrounding that. Mobility between compartmentalised levels would be difficult, and slow, due to pressure differentials. There are also medical issues related to people spending a long time in a pressurised environment with the different gaseous mix necessary - see HPNS and Dysbaric Osteonecrosis. It's nice to dream, but unfortunately reality often intrudes. Sounds as though it's akin ... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by XenoFish 10 years ago
And they shall call it Rapture.
Comment icon #8 Posted by MJNYC 10 years ago
They need to clean up the mess they have made in the ocean so far before they start on any more futuristic ventures! I don't think they at all care for anything unless it produces money. The Dolphin slaughter in Taji is just but one horrific example. I never buy anything made in Japan.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Calibeliever 10 years ago
Rather than blue-sky thinking, I would suggest this is pie-in-the-sky thinking. The underwater structure would have to be very compartmentalised, meaning little open space and the consequent psychological issues surrounding that. Mobility between compartmentalised levels would be difficult, and slow, due to pressure differentials. There are also medical issues related to people spending a long time in a pressurised environment with the different gaseous mix necessary - see HPNS and Dysbaric Osteonecrosis. It's nice to dream, but unfortunately reality often intrudes. If anyone can handle the ps... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
Maybe the Japanese are trying to get ready for when the big Tsunami comes and wipes out all of the islands. Escaping to under the water may be the only hope of survival if there is enough warning to evacuate.
Comment icon #11 Posted by whichisit 10 years ago
ok everybody who doesn't know.. Atlantis isn't an underwater city! it was a city above surface that SANK underwater.. and one piece of the old Atlantis island is still above water
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever 10 years ago
ok everybody who doesn't know.. Atlantis isn't an underwater city! it was a city above surface that SANK underwater.. and one piece of the old Atlantis island is still above water Correct. This is a city that sits above the water and can sink down the spiral when storms approach.
Comment icon #13 Posted by praetorian-legio XIII 10 years ago
From a deep sea diver's point of view a 1640' diameter sphere with 5150' of circumference submerged.....no. Even if only submerged to the point where the top of the dome is at sea level, the bottom of the dome would be at 49 atmospheres of pressure. At approximately 10 atmospheres the partial pressure of oxygen at 20% becomes toxic. At 3 atmospheres the partial pressure of nitrogen at 79% becomes intoxicating. But with pressure problems put aside, assuming they could maintain the entire interior of the dome at 1 atmosphere (14.7 psi) the pressure on the dome's structure would be incredible, no... [More]


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