Deep-sea mining could wreck the last unexplored ecosystem on Earth

Date: January 31, 2019

Source: NewScientist
Author: Olive Heffernan

Some call it the final frontier. Having spent much of human history scouring – and scarring – Earth’s surface to extract precious mineral resources, we are now turning to the most remote, and least known, part of our planet in search of more: the deep sea.

In February, the Belgian dredging company DEME-GSR will send a prototype ore collector to the Pacific Ocean’s Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), an area lying between Hawaii and Mexico.

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