Tagged With mariana trench

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Remember Sly Sludge, the villain from the popular '90s cartoon Captain Planet? Probably not, since he was a minor character voiced by Martin Sheen, and we're always struggling for pop culture references here at Gizmodo. Nevertheless, the evil message of Sly Sludge -- that we can't just wish our pollution problems away -- is currently destroying ecosystems at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

On April 20, NOAA scientists working on the Okeanos Explorer dispatched their prized Deep Discoverer robot to scour the floor of the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on the surface of the Earth. Little is known about the ecology of this 11km crevice -- in fact, it's often said that we know more about the surface of Mars.