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“The OceanMaker”, A Remarkable Post-Apocalyptic Film About a World Without Water

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Screenshot from “OceanMakers”.

Imagine a day when the rivers and the seas dry up and water becomes more valuable than crack cocaine. In light of California’s current crisis, conjuring such a prospect should present little difficulty.  The world as it turns stops dead in its tracks. Oil, gold and money all seem precious little, suddenly. Begin World War III.

“The OceanMaker”, a post-apocalyptic doomsday feature film about life after the seas have dried up brings us the tale of a dauntless young girl who takes to the skies to fight for control over earth’s last water reserve: the clouds.

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Screenshot from “OceanMakers”.

The imagery–the setting–conjures up the gloominess of early German expressionism or Daliesque surrealism, which thoroughly compliments the not-too-far-off otherworldliness of the story.

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Screenshot from “OceanMakers”.

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150 Abandoned WWII Aircraft Discovered off the Marshall Islands in the Pacific by Wisconsin Diver

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“They should have flown more, lived longer,” said Brandi, “but they were sunk in perfect condition”–most of them, at least.

Over 70 years have gone by since these aircraft were lost to the western Pacific, and, lo and behold, a Wisconsin woman just happened to come across the graveyard of what is estimated to be over 150 planes that were lost after being decommissioned and dumped in 130 feet of water at the end of World War II.

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A cockpit, stripped by the sea.

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This Wrecked Fishing Vessel Full of Live Yellowtail Jacks Discovered off Oregon Was Likely Set Adrift During Japan’s 2011 Tsunami

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This fragmented fiberglass hull was discovered off Oregon on Thursday with 20 live yellowtail jacks aboard. It’s believed to have come from Japan. Photo: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Debris from Japan’s 15,000-casualty, $300 billion earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 began washing up along US shores in 2012, and the stream is far from over. This vessel, by the looks of it, was a small commercial fishing boat that was broken up and pulled out to sea. Four years later, it washed up along Oregon’s coast with 20 live Asian yellowtail jacks (S. l. aureovitta).

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What if all the Ice Melted? The Real Future Waterworld vs the Hollywood Version.

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When the film Waterworld was released in 1995, I gazed in silent wonder at the opening, as the Universal globe, and my beloved Earth’s landmasses disappeared beneath the waves. It was a jaw-dropping Hollywood moment, but was there really, truly enough water locked up in the polar ice caps to swallow up the Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and the Andes – leaving only the tops of what are presumably maybe Everest or a couple of other Himalayan spires peaking up from the briny depths? Let’s just say Kevin Costner’s Magnum Oceanus was not a film to let facts stand in the way of a rip-roaring yarn.

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Wish you Were Here… or Not ???
Sleep with the Fishes at the Neptune Memorial Reef.

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Entrance of Neptune Memorial Reef.  Photo by Neptune Reef Memorial.

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The Neptune Memorial Reef was built to create life…after life. An artificial reef located 3 miles east of Key Biscayne, near Miami, it is an underwater cemetery where you can sleep away the afterlife with the fishes.

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Atlit Yam, A 9,000-Year-Old Neolithic Settlement Beneath the Waves

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(Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority)

Off the Mediterranean Coast of Israel sit the ruins of a 9,000-year-old Megalithic settlement Atlit Yam, between 25 and 35 feet beneath sea level. Discovered in 1984 by marine archaeologist Ehud Galili, the site remains phenomenally intact thanks to a sandy seabed.

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Life in Salt: A Nostalgic Interview with the Father of Underwater Archaeology, Dr. George Bass

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Dr. George Bass circa 1977 (Photo: Courtesy of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology/Jonathan Blair)

“…to me, diving—although I enjoy it immensely and I’m very sad that I’ll never dive again because I felt like I was so free underwater—was like driving a Jeep to get to my work site… I never got over a slight nervousness… I crossed the Atlantic twenty seven times in a ship before I ever flew across it.”

Dr. George Bass has found some of the oldest shipwrecks bearing some of the most ancient and invaluable treasures known to archaeology. Among them: the oldest book ever found (c. 1300 BC), a Bronze Age shipwreck filled with hippopotamus teeth, elephant tusks, 10 tons of coper ingots and 3 tons of glass ingots — the only glass ingots known to have survived history.

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28kg of Gold Recovered from 18th Century Atlantic Shipwreck

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(Photo: Odyssey Marine)

On September 12th, 1857, this three-masted steamship, the SS Central America, went down in a hurricane 160 miles off the South Carolina coast in 2,200 meters of water, taking with her 425 lives and 30,000 pounds of gold, record has it.

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