Obviously, that wasn't going to happen -- but this event did nonetheless raise my eyebrow a bit. Remember, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was one mile underwater and that took the better part of 5 months to plug up after an accident. The exploratory vessel's deepwater feat is yet another sign that we're continuing along the same slippery trajectory: oil (and minerals and other resources) are getting harder to come by, and the operations required to obtain them are becoming more dangerous, more high-stakes.
Worst of all, there appears to be no end in sight -- perhaps a longer post is in order to look at what the future of deepwater oil exploration and extraction entails. But for now, suffice to say that the idea of uber high-tech subs patrolling the mysterious, hitherto uncharted deep sea for reserves of oil to drill into strikes me as rather depressing.
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To aid in hunt for fossil fuels and minerals to mine
China has evidently entered the arena of deep sea submersible building, which is hardly surprising considering the nation's current thrust towards achieving various feats of technological derring-do.