Why can’t scuba divers dive to the deepest part of the ocean?
As you go deeper in the ocean, the pressure exerted by the water increases. For each additional meter below the surface, pressure increases by 10 kPa. Water pressure makes it difficult to explore the deep ocean. The pressure is too great for divers unless they travel in pressure-resistant deep-sea vehicles.
A: It’s a form of decompression sickness initially observed in deep sea divers. At great depths under water the excess pressure causes nitrogen gas to be absorbed into the blood. If the diver surfaces too quickly the nitrogen forms bubbles in the blood which raise havoc in the body.
“The intense pressures in the deep ocean make it an extremely difficult environment to explore.” Although you don’t notice it, the pressure of the air pushing down on your body at sea level is about 15 pounds per square inch. If you went up into space, above the Earth’s atmosphere, the pressure would decrease to zero.
Can divers go down to the Titanic?
You cannot scuba dive to the Titanic due to its depth at 12,500 feet. Air consumption: one standard tank lasts 15 minutes at 120 feet. Supply for 12,500 feet would be impossible to carry even with a team. The deepest dive on record with special equipment, training and a support team is 1,100 feet.
What is the most common injury in scuba diving?
The most common injury in divers is ear barotrauma (Box 3-03). On descent, failure to equalize pressure changes within the middle ear space creates a pressure gradient across the eardrum.
Why can’t divers go too deep?
Nitrogen narcosis: Deep dives can cause so much nitrogen to build up in the brain that you can become confused and act as though you’ve been drinking alcohol. You might make poor decisions, such as taking out your regulator because you think you can breathe underwater.
What happens to a human body at crush depth?
Since your body’s internal pressure is so much less than the ambient pressure, your lungs would not have the strength to push back against the water pressure. At a deep enough level, the lungs would collapse completely, killing you instantly.