This image from matte painter and environment concept artist, Jacek Irzykowski was the top image on my Facebook page last week with 286 Likes. I love the environment depicted, and, judging from the comments the image received, so do others.
Underwater facilities like this remind me of how similar the environment is to space. While not nearly as hostile as the cold, radiation-soaked vacuum surrounding our planet, humans can’t live beneath the water without some form of protection. The pressure, the cold, and the lack of breathable air means we have to bring our environment with us in order to survive. It makes me wonder why we don’t spend more time building underwater habitats and colonizing the oceans. Seems like it would be great practice for space—a low-cost, local, and not to mention far less dangerous way to learn more about sustaining a small population in an artificial environment.
"Totally cool . Perhaps we're looking at our future as the population grows."
~ Melissa A. Hamilton
"Reminds me of seaquest dsv from the 90s and the old 50s/60s tv show which was pretty similar." ~ Graham Hart
"With Earth's population predicted to reach 10 billion+ by 2050, I wonder how long it will be before floating/underwater cities become not just a reality, but a necessity."
~ Evan Hourihan