Liquid Planet: Exploring the World of Water

Updated September 24, 2002

Water is the essence of life, and of the Earth itself. Oceania would be a more appropriate name for our planet.

Early life is believed to have evolved in a liquid environment and the oceans remain home to the great majority of all living things. Life cannot exist on land without access to water.

While Earth's freshwater resources are increasingly under pressure from human population and environmental degradation, the oceans remain mostly unexplored. Even massive creatures like the giant sea squid have never been photographed alive; many sea animals have never been described.

Liquid Planet is a weekly television series produced by our U.S. cable television program National Geographic Today in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The series airs on Tuesday nights on the National Geographic Channel. The segments take viewers into the field and under the waves for an up-close look at the latest exploration and research into the oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes.

Liquid Planet Resources on Nationalgeographic.com

Table of Contents—Jump to:
A. Adventure and Exploration
A.1 Volvo Ocean Race
B. Animals and Nature
B.1 Amphibians
B.2 Birds
B.3 Corals, Sponges, and Other Early Animals
B.4 Crocodilians
B.5 Crustaceans
B.6 Fish
B.7 Microbes and Extremophiles
B.8 Sharks
B.9 Squids and Octopuses
B.10 Other Animals
B.11 Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals
C. Archaeology and Paleontology
D. Environment
E. Geography
F. Science and Technology
Additional Resources

A. Adventure and Exploration

News
Retrieval of Titanic Artifacts Stirs Controversy
Arctic Team Seeks 1840s Explorer's Lost Ships
Arctic Rower Details Chilling Journey in New Book
Using Unmanned Subs to Probe the Deep

Lesson Plans
Bob Ballard (Undersea Exploration):
Grades 3-5: Ocean Exploration Museum
Grades 9-12: The Science of the Deep Sea

A.1 Volvo Ocean Race News:

Round-the-World Racers Hit Brutal "Liquid Himalaya"
Volvo Ocean Race Pounds On—Even at Pit Stops
Round-the-World Racers Lend a Hand to Science
Round-the-World Volvo Ocean Race Comes to Baltimore
German Team Wins Marathon Volvo Ocean Race

Interactive Feature: National Geographic's Volvo Ocean Race Coverage

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