Bob Ballard discusses many benefits to exploring the ocean, convincing me to concur with his stance, that yes, it is important and even imperative that we explore. Throughout the entire video, he bombards you with facts as an attempt to express how strongly he feels on the subject, and one can't help but agree with him.
The fact that 50% of the United States is completely underwater flabbergasted me. I was completely stunned, however, what confounded me more so was the fact that not much time nor effort is put into exploring our oceans. With all the natural resources just sitting at the bottom, i.e. methane volcanoes, why not use them?
Fossil fuels are finite resources and sooner or later we're going to run out. However, if we obtain the resources on the bottom of the ocean, it will be later rather than sooner. I just cannot fathom why, if 72% of the earth is covered by ocean, we do not explore it. Oceans and space are the final frontiers, we must explore the unknown and reap the benefits.