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Oceanography

After orbiting space lab, China wants an undersea one

Imagine, for a moment, that the year is 2034, and China has just declared ownership of a massive copper mine deep below the surface of the Western Pacific.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

See monsters

As the nation's Jiaolong submersible seeks to reach a record depth of 7,000 metres in the Pacific Ocean, an enigmatic world of marine life awaits the crew on their way down.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Exploration ambitions reach new Depths

A manned deep-sea submersible will soon attempt to set a Chinese record for the deepest dive, in a sign of the country's growing prowess in deep-sea exploration as a global race for natural resources intensifies.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wet and wild

There was a Jacques Cousteau flavour to the decor in Macquarie Group's box as the global investment bank opted for an underwater concept.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Douglas Woodring

SECOND NATURE I grew up in California. I thought of myself as half fish, half boy. In the ocean I felt most at one with nature and totally relaxed. I lived to swim, play water polo and windsurf and spend time in the mountains with my family. If you don't spend time in nature, it's hard to feel any need or desire to protect it.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Deep sea diving

A little ship that can go under water has made its deepest dive ever. The deep-sea submersible Jiaolong is made in China. On Thursday morning it reached a depth of 5,115 metres. That is the deepest dive China has ever made.

These little submarines are used by scientists to explore the ocean floor. They have to be specially built to survive high pressure.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Aquanauts take one giant step for China

The second dive to 5,000 metres will begin at 1.30am, July 26. China Central Television will have a live broadcast.

Please don't watch.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The tame sharks of Paradise

A quick word of advice: Do not scream like a banshee as if you were in the movie Jaws should a shark swim by you at arm's length.

If you ever find yourself on holiday in the Maldives, that is.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Into the Forbidden Zone

Into the Forbidden Zone by William T. Vollmann Byliner Original (e-book)

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Tsunami Alert

Tsunami Alert by Oakley Brooks Marshall Cavendish Editions, HK$130

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Climate sceptic to study HK's rising sea levels

A leading ocean scientist and critic of the UN climate change panel about the danger of rising sea levels has been hired to study how they might affect Hong Kong.

But, before carrying out the study, Swedish ocean scientist Nils-Axel Morner says any danger is likely to be exaggerated.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Theme holiday packages find favour

Holiday packages with specialised themes are gaining ground, with well-heeled travellers increasingly valuing unusual holiday experiences that involve learning a new skill or activity.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Explore the deep blue yonder

At first glance, Hong Kong's waters may not seem the best place in Asia to learn to scuba dive, but the sport is popular here. Those who learn to dive locally can gain internationally recognised qualifications - sending them on their way to the region's more famous dive sites.

22 May 2010 - 12:00am

China, India build links through high-speed cable

Despite their often-strained ties, China and India are jointly creating a new kind of Silk Road - one built with high-speed, fibre-optic communications systems - through a narrow Himalayan mountain pass that connects the two countries.

29 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Tsunami

Huge wave

Everybody knows a tsunami is a huge wave. But really they are a series of waves. Usually they are caused by an earthquake under the sea. But they can also happen because of a volcanic eruption, or a meteor hitting the sea, or by a large landslide. Tsunami is a Japanese word. Tsunamis are very common there - nearly 200 have been recorded in history.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

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