Have you ever wondered what our beautiful planet would look like if three-fifths of it wasn’t covered in water? Well, now you can check it out.
This fascinating video made by a NASA scientist gives us a depiction of what Earth would look like if all parts of the planet’s surface that are currently covered in water were visible.
Many people these days might be more concerned about how the planet would look if the ice caps melted, but this video is a thought-provoking look at another (albeit impossible) scenario.
In reality, the oceans could never just drain away as the water we have on the planet is a set amount which moves around to different places at different times. Although back in the ice age, a lot of the water was locked up as ice on land so sea levels were considerably lower.
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NASA physicist and animator Horace Mitchell made a video in 2008 showing what our planet would look like if the oceans were all drained, and this video was given an update recently by NASA planetary scientist James O’Donoghue.
He wanted to show the scenario in a bit more detail than the original, as he explained to Business Insider:
“I slowed down the start since, rather surprisingly, there’s a lot of undersea landscape instantly revealed in the first tens of meters,”
He also adjusted the speed a bit and included depth tracking to show the levels.
It’s an incredibly interesting video, and you may find yourself playing it on repeat to really take in the details, imagining what it would be like to be able to travel on land between countries and continents.
O’Donoghue explained why he finds it so interesting himself:
“I like how this animation reveals that the ocean floor is just as variable and interesting in its geology as the continents. [It shows us] not only the ocean bottom, but also the ancient story of humanity,”
Watch the video below: