29 July 2016
Source: Mail Online
Author: Shivali Best
A vast area of seabed targeted for deep sea mining is home to species previously unknown to man, a study warned.
The seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, which covers 4,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean, appears to have a particularly diverse ecosystem.
It is estimated there are billions of dollars worth of coveted minerals such as gold on the sea floor.
Yet scientists fear this exploitation may deprive them of studying creatures of the depths that have so far eluded the attention of man.