National Geographic Channel’s Alien Deep is a five-part series that gives viewers an inside look at modern ocean exploration and recent discoveries. Viewers embark on expeditions with Dr. Robert Ballard as he explores geological secrets hidden in the depths of the ocean. Watch Ballard scour the seafloor of the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea in search of shipwrecks that offer insight into the lives of ancient mariners.
With 95 percent of the seafloor not yet explored, oceanographers and maritime archaeologists look to the deep waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas for shipwrecks that can be used to tell the story of ancient civilizations throughout the region.
Due to very low levels of oxygen at shallow depths, Black Sea shipwrecks are well preserved when compared to other Mediterranean wrecks from the same time period. Oceanographers and maritime archaeologists look to the waters of the Black Sea for shipwrecks that can be used to uncover the history and culture of ancient civilizations throughout the region.
This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1114251. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Take a voyage via submersible across our planet's largely unexplored ocean floors. Investigate the many mysteries of the sea, including underwater volcanoes and centuries-old shipwrecks.
Dr. Robert Ballard is an ocean explorer who has discovered shipwrecks (including the R.M.S. Titanic!) as well as the weird world of hydrothermal vents.
Kakani Katija is an ocean-focused bioengineer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer.
Profile of Dr. Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
Michael Lombardi explains his deep-diving work and offers suggestions to students who hope to pursue a career in ocean exploration.