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“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans;
in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.”
- Khalil Gibran
Water is everywhere. Comprising up to 73% of the human body, three quarters of our planet’s surface is covered in water between our oceans, seas, rives, and lakes. We are inextricably connected to water in its variety of forms.
As science continues to reach new frontiers in exploring space and mapping the human brain, our knowledge and experience in Earth’s largest waters - the ocean - remains limited. The Mariana Trench, the deepest known area of the ocean measuring at 36,000 feet down, has only been visited by piloted missions four times, two less times than we’ve visited our celestial neighbor, the moon. With only 5% fully explored, the mysteries of the ocean and its true nature persist.
As staggering in quantity as the ocean is in size, our estimated 117 million lakes contain worlds of unknown history and lifeforms. From the jellyfish species recently discovered in the Kodaikanal Lake, to the biodiverse depths of the 25 million-year-old Lake Biakal, our understanding of the potentials of water and the life it supports continues to grow.
Touching so many parts of our lives from habitat to food to travel, our planet’s water bodies are a timeless source of inspiration for investigation by artists and scientists alike. Now, with the advent of technologies like undersea drones, we are able to expand our senses remotely and learn more about the alluring and ever surprising topographies of our waters and the life that occupies them.
Curated by Marnie Benney, SciArt Head Curator