The future of deep seabed mining

Date: February 25, 2019

Source: China Dialogue Ocean
Author: Jessica Aldred

Can this week’s meeting of the International Seabed Authority agree a way to develop mining whilst protecting biodiversity?

It’s one of the coldest, darkest places on earth, full of marine life – much of which is yet to be discovered – with a seabed rich in mineral deposits.

In the last decade, the floor of the deep ocean that lies outside the jurisdiction of any one country has been increasingly explored. A number of parties are assessing the size and extent of mineral deposits that could provide raw materials for everything from batteries and jet engines to wind turbines and mobile phones.

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