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Maritime mysteries -- old and new -- come to life in this 10-episode series, combining scientific data and digital re-creations to reveal shipwrecks, treasures, and sunken cities on the bottom of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Innovative technology allows viewers to see what lies on the floors of large bodies of water such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Nile, the Indian Ocean, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean as if they had been drained. Then, in a quest to explain natural wonders and man-made catastrophes, stories tell of how vessels sank, what ancient geological formations reveal about life on Earth, where Nazi secrets now reside, and why so many continue to search for the legendary city of Atlantis.

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aired 9 days ago
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 goes missing, resulting in the longest, most costly search in aviation history.
aired 9 days ago
Draining the Nile reveals lost secrets of the ancient Egyptian world.
aired 9 days ago
Draining the ocean reveals the Gulf of Mexico's most deadly secrets.
aired 10 days ago
The Ring of Fire is an area in the Pacific Ocean where volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis form; the ocean is drained to reveal the geological forces behind natural disasters and to uncover threats along the coast of Seattle, Tokyo and New Zealand.
aired 10 days ago
The China seas are the most fiercely contested and mysterious waters on the planet.
aired 10 days ago
The hidden secrets of the Nazis are revealed when the oceans covering them are drained using CGI animation.
aired 27 days ago
The sea floor is the world's biggest tsunami machine, and its dangers have remained hidden from view -- until now.
aired 27 days ago
In maritime warfare, saboteurs are a silent and unseen enemy.
aired 30 days ago
Stories of clandestine missions conducted beneath the waves have remained hidden from prying eyes for decades, until now.
aired 31 days ago
Pirates, gangsters and other villains have been swallowed up by the sea; cutting-edge technology reveals the secrets of the sea floor and exposes the shaky ground on which humans live.
aired 31 days ago
Exploring evidence of underwater cities, which may be ancient archaeological sites or accidents of geology.
aired 32 days ago
Draining the oceans reveals wrecks awaiting treasure hunters.
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The story of how Rome dominated the world for 500 years by conquering the sea.
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The plug is pulled on Scotland's famous lake to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries -- the identity of the Loch Ness monster.
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How Japan dominated the Pacific during World War II, crushing the Allies.
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A high-tech expedition searches for the iconic wrecks of the Battle of the Pacific, including the USS Lexington and the USS Indianapolis; funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the expedition explains some of the greatest WWII mysteries.
aired 44 days ago
The hidden secrets of World War I's most powerful weapons are revealed by draining the North Sea.
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Using computer-generated imagery, the Cold War's lost nuclear weapons are revealed on ocean floors, along with evidence of secret nuclear confrontations.
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Maritime archaeologists and historians go in search of the biggest wrecks ever sunk beneath the seas; new scientific data combines with cutting-edge computer graphics to drain the oceans to investigate the world's most awe-inspiring wrecks.
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Maritime archaeologists and historians search for the lost wrecks of the American Civil War.
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A new 3D survey of the Thai cave in Tham Luang reveals how 12 boys were rescued after being trapped.

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