"Seen from the surface the swell was like the surge of a giant's muscle beneath them, infinite power enclosed in a silk-smooth skin, dangerous and beautiful...she could feel the living heave of the ocean..."
-SM Stirling, On The Oceans Of Eternity (New York, 2000), Chapter Ten, p. 205.
The ocean sustains life and seems to be alive, like a giant - or a god. That power abides even in a technological future:
"...the Pacific Ocean. Sheening and billowing under a full Luna, those waters gave a sense of ancient forces still within this planet...still biding their time."
-Poul Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), p. 50.
Flandry's successors will probably invoke the gods when civilization falls.