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Over the past fifty years the secrets of the oceans have been revealed through an amazing international collaboration - scientific ocean drilling.


We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the surface of our own planet...

...because 70% of our planet’s surface is covered by oceans

The coasts, where waves and tides meet the land, are familiar places of great beauty but are a tiny fraction of the ocean. The oceans are vast, and extend to enormous depths below the surface we see.

The oceans impact all our lives.


The oceans have an unseen influence on all our lives. But how do we know this? How do we know how the oceans behave? And how can we better understand and protect these wonderful environments? Over past fifty years there has been an astonishing, long-lasting and deep international scientific collaboration, that has revealed many secrets of the oceans. This program spanned the divisions of the cold-war, and now involves 23 countries in an effort to explore the oceans from the Arctic to Antarctic. Through this program, thousands of scientists, technical staff, drillers and crew have gathered critical data and samples to tell the story of our blue planet. Understanding the oceans, their role in the Earth’s climate, their diversity of life and the risks they can pose is more important than ever. This is the story of scientific ocean drilling. This is the story we’re telling.

Introducing: mysteries of the deep


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Edward Ross is an Edinburgh based comic book artist, writer and illustrator. He is the creator of Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film and is currently working on Gamish: A Graphic History of Gaming.

With an early and obsessive interest in cinema and comics, it wasn’t until after studying Film at university that he managed to combine these two interests in the form of his self-published Filmish comics. Well received by both movie fans and academics, Edward released four issues of the series between 2009 and 2013, before beginning work on the Filmish graphic novel for SelfMadeHero.


Working with collaborator Dr. James Hall he has also created a number of science themed comics for universities, museums, charities and research bodies.  His work with the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology won an ISNTD award for public engagement.

about the artist:

edward ross

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