Help! I seem to clear my throat all the time! This is a complaint that is often expressed by patients seeing their ENT doctor. It does not hurt. It does not affect
constantly clearing my throat
The ocean here is deep, though I’m not sure how deep. Not a whole lot is known of the ocean floor in this particular part of the world. It could be as deep as 16,000 feet. To our eyes, it is a world condemned to darkness. The waters here are frigid and quite saline, making it somewhat unique among the different kinds of water chemistries encountered in the world’s oceans.
It is not a world without life, but of the life there I can only imagine. On the bottom, the muck comes alive around thermal vents in whose hot orbits swim worms and blind shrimp. Mats of bacteria as big as whole football fields feed on hydrogen sulfide in the sediments. The sea is teaming with varieties of phytoplankton which is the general food source of krill. The krill is on the menu for a variety of sea dwellers including small fish and Baleen Whales, such as Minkes and the gigantic Blue Whale, the largest animal ever to live upon the earth. These whales are occasionally harassed by Colossal Squid, the larger of the Giant Squid. These are the true monsters of the deep.
On the surface, the oceans are angry by default. There is no land for thousands of miles to retard the winds of the Roaring Forties, as this range of latitude in the Southern Hemisphere is known. Occasionally an albatross will dart through the heavens on its way to somewhere more hospitable, but at this small point on the earth all the eating, fornicating, egg fertilizing, birthing and dying is below the whitecaps.
So no, there would have been no peasant sweeping the dust off the top of the Great Wall looking down in shock to witness my worn entrenching tool breaking through the crust of the planet. No profitable fortune cooking importing business or introduction of the dipped soft ice cream cone to the proud people of the Middle a wet hole at the bottom of the ocean, some pissed off whales, a confused Colossal Squid and one calamitous planetary leak.