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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It discusses the mining of manganese from the ocean seabed from a very pro-environmentalist point of view. The environmental, economic, and political impact of society’s reliance on technology is also discussed, as are the solutions to this problem. The metal recycling efforts in Germany are highlighted.
Positive Role Models
The featured scientists are German, but all are committed to doing environmental impact research. They don't all agree on the solutions, however.
Violence & Scariness
Brief images of mining blasts. Brief scenes of, and conversations about, people living in dire poverty, impacted by environmental crises, and other troubling topics are also discussed.
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Products & Purchases
The Volkswagon logo is visible on futuristic cars. The logo for Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Oceanology Kiel is on shirts.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gold Rush In The Deep Sea is a documentary about a science team who researches the impact of seabed manganese mining on the ecosystem. It's informative, but raises some difficult questions about how we think about humanity's consumption of technology, as well as other issues relating to the economic and social implications of finding alternatives for ore mining. Most of the presentation features documentary footage, but the beginning and end of the show feature fictional images and narrations set 60 years into the future.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting German program (which is in English) combines elements of fantasy and documentary to tell a story about seabed mining research from a decidedly pro-environmental point of view. The narrator, who is speaking from 60+ years into the future, introduces the scientific work of the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Oceanology Kiel research team as a project from the past, and uses its findings as a way of raising important questions about how society thinks about the environmental consequences the continual demand for things like cell phones, TVs, and computers is having on our planet. Also questioned are the solutions being used to alleviate the impact of this phenomenon, many of which are short-term and cause other types of harm to the global ecosystem. But the stance Gold Rush In The Deep Sea takes on manganese extraction is far from objective, thanks to offering a fictitious, but uncomfortable, look at what the resulting ecosystemic decay from the work will be like in 2077. It's a unique way of approaching the subject matter, but one that never loses sight of the fact that we are dealing with a very real, long-term crisis for which there are currently few answers.
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