Australian Geographic magazine sponsored an unusual project - the construction of an underwater house where aquanauts may stay for weeks without leaving. The first underwater mission was successfully completed by a trained aquanaut and lasted for 13 days. The 8 by 10 foot under-sea home is constructed from the metal parts and maintains healthy air pressure and oxygen levels to recreate living conditions in the atmosphere. The special chambers supply oxygen to the room, and filter out the carbon dioxide produced from breathing. Last but not least, this sea house has a supply of food in the fridge and is equipped with a bathroom.
Photoshop underwater houses one way or another. Show how humans would live underwater, but your entry must include the underwater house somewhere in it. What housing construction elements will be needed to maintain a good life style underwater? We will also accept partially submerged houses in this contest.
Started: 8/17/2007 06:00
Ended: 8/19/2007 06:00
This gallery only contains our top 13 selections from its parent contest Underwater Houses. All 13 contest pictures can be viewed here.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: American students have already carried out series of experiments with their "Bio-coils" in closed premises with people inside. The experiments showed that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the room sharply increases and oxygen decreases but shortly after sometime, the concentrations of both oxygen and carbon dioxide normalizes and then remain stable for quite long. Even though carbon dioxide remains somewhat high and oxygen – a little bit low, their content should be approximate to initial pure air. However, experiment on the land and for duration of ten hours is one thing and under water for 10 days is altogether a different thing.
Uncomplicated set-up of the house BioSUB: Couch, bio-photo reactor, bio-toilet. Exercise bicycle (also a current generator) can also be called elegant. Cut-out in the carpet indicates the place "Door".
Godson's Manhole-free confinement place: Container of length 3 m, width 2.4m and height 2.2m. Hatch, which is covered by semitransparent plastic, is located at the center of container's flooring. Inside the container – simply Spartan set-up (Will be discussed in detail below).
Energy: Many power sources are envisaged. Main power source – Set of solar panels on the shore and a cable is connected from panels to the underwater house. Auxiliary power sources: Modified bicycle generator, on which the owner of the house shall exercise and from methane fuel cells.
Drinking water: Drinking water is supplied to the underwater house through the equipment of company Air2water, which directly generates water from moisture in the air of premises.
Let us add that the experiments for habituation of people in closed systems with complete or almost complete autonomous with respect to water, oxygen and food do not surprise anymore for long. For the first time, such experiments were carried out by scientists even at the beginning of space era in USSR and USA. It is true that exclusively water plants were used as absorbers of carbon dioxide and supplier of oxygen in "Tinned cans", "Flying onto Mars" (No other electrolyzers or chemical absorbers) – about such things we don't remember.
Experiments with long-term habituation in underwater houses were also tried many times. Main thrust during those experiments was on underwater life (with high pressure in "Flat", for example and regular journeys of trials from submerged house to nearest aquatic world and back) and life support was provided through supplies from shore.
Thus, even today any new experiment, done in this area of knowledge, is considered highly valuable.
Well, Lloyd is intending to share his experience even during the testing: His underwater house is equipped with computer with internet (telephone connection with a command on coast). Biologist planned to take series of lectures and video conferences directly from the seabed. Nevertheless, it is necessary to mention that internet and technology are second passion of Australian only after diving.