A Depth Analysis : Under Pressure

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An in Depth Analysis: Under Pressure The biggest problem one faces when constructing an underwater settlement is, obviously, the pressure. Water exerts roughly .036 pounds of pressure per square inch, which isn’t really a problem when you’re taking a dip in a pond, but when you want to put an entire structure a few thousand meters deep in the ocean you find yourself with a bit of a dilemma. That’s not to say that it’s not possible, James Cameron piloted a submarine 11,000 meters down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in 2012, far deeper than any permanent underwater settlement would need to go. Borrowing from the design of the Deepsea Challenger, we know that syntactic foam is a great material for underwater construction. It is lightweight, buoyant, and makes a great insulator. The buoyancy provided by the syntactic foam will help alleviate some of the pressure that is attempting to ground the city, and when reinforced with steel the architecture would be structurally sound. Because very little light reaches the ocean floor windows would not be a necessary feature, at least in the portion where the most pressure exists, so one would not have to worry about the fragility of glass.

Current Events Another marine stipulation one must contest with is currents. The spherical shape already helps filter currents to warp around the city rather than knock it over, so they won’t be a danger to the structures themselves. A marine settlement could also act as a breakwater for…
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