Deep seabed mining: key questions

Date: February 26, 2019

Source: ChinaDialogue Ocean
Author: Jessica Aldred

This year a code governing the mining of the seabed in international waters is set to be finalised

What is deep sea mining?

It’s the process of retrieving mineral deposits from the deep sea – the area of the ocean below 200 metres. This covers around 65% of the Earth’s surface and harbours a rich diversity of species adapted to the harsh environment – many of which are still unknown to science. It also encompasses unique geological features, including mountain ranges, plateaus, volcanic peaks, canyons, vast abyssal plains and the Mariana Trench, which at almost 11,000 metres is the greatest depth registered in the ocean.

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