Modern Scientist Predictions Jacques Cousteau

About the predictions both right and wrong of modern scientist Jacques Cousteau including ones on islands and the possiblity of undersea living.



Thin, tanned, in his 60s, Jacques Cousteau, whose television programs featuring his ocean research expeditions on the Calypso have become prime-time entertainment, is one of the inventors of the Aqua-lung and the world's foremost undersea explorer. He is presently president of Eurocean, a group of 23 Europeans including Prince Rainier of Monaco, whose purpose it is find ways to use the oceans. One of the goals of the group is to create artificial islands in the sea, which it is hoped will help alleviate the ocean pollution that comes from the land and air.

Past Predictions: No record.

Future Predictions: By 1980

* The first floating island, a 2 1/2-acre industrial site made by dumping sand on the continental shelf, will have been built in the North Sea between Great Britain and Holland. It will house a chemical facility used to treat wastes from industrial plants now polluting the Rhine River.

No Dates Given--Another floating island made of steel and concrete will be located 5 mi. off Monte Carlo in the Mediterranean. This 13,000-ton pentagonal structure, capable of holding 10,000 people, will consist of hotels, shops, swimming pools, restaurants, and other resort facilities.

* Other islands will serve as terminals for supertankers, which will lessen possibilities of oil spills and leaks.

* We will not have an undersea environment. Cousteau feels humans were not made to live under the sea.

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