Were our learned scientists to investigate deep-sea water more thoroughly, they would discover that the material composition of the air absorbed by it differs substantially both in quality and quantity from that contained in extreme surface water. This fact also explains why deep-sea fish can glow and impart electric shocks. In its fundamental structure, the air absorbed by deep-sea water exhibits a similar composition to that still found in a few isolated high altitude springs. It is the high content of physically-dissolved carbonous matter and the lack of oxygen, coupled with the simultaneous exclusion of light, that gives this water its peculiar character.
Seawater at great depths cannot absorb gases by diffusion or convection. Therefore where the oxygen has also been consumed by living organisms, such seawater can actually be locally completely devoid of oxygen—or even fresh. Because the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere is less over the sea than over the land, the conclusion can be drawn that the surface of the sea also absorbs carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.
Deep-sea creatures can be distinguished from their counterparts in shallow waters by their size, their strangely-constructed eyes, the different consistency of their bodies and, to a large extent, by their particularly original body-shape. The external environment stamps each individual with its own characteristics. Hence there are certain contradictions which can only be explained by understanding the nature of the water in which these organisms live.
One would tend to think that, owing to the water-masses pressing upon it, an organism living in the deep sea would have a correspondingly more strongly-built body. However, in contrast to the fish with robust skeletons and strong muscles found along the shoreline, deep-sea fish have extremely delicate, paper-thin, almost weightless skeletal frames. The fact that these creatures burst open when they are brought up from the depths is also attributed to the physical structure of their bodies. This purely mechanical explanation is a serious error. Just as the organisms brought up from the deep sea regularly explode, the same occurs with water raised from such depths. It will warm up relatively quickly with the addition of the requisite quantity of oxygen and highly complex carbons (such as oil) or will burst its container if this is sealed.
A great many natural phenomena occurring in the depths of the ocean could easily be explained were the experts aware of the inner nature and character of deep-sea water. This holds particularly true for the phenomenon of ebb and flood, whose true nature will be described in a later chapter.
For the same reason, our energy-technologists would abandon contemporary methods of generating electricity if they but knew that this can be obtained directly from the deep sea by means of the simplest apparatus. Contemporary apparatuses and instruments would rapidly become obsolete because humanity has no need to go to such lengths to obtain light, heat and other forms of energy—it could be obtained in any desired quantity almost without effort or expense.