The new frontier: deep-sea mining

Date: March 1, 2019

Source: The Globe and Mail
Author: Amy O’Kruk

Deep in the North Pacific Ocean, in an area as wide as the United States, billions of potato-sized rocks litter the ocean floor. These lumpy, black-brown balls are full of cobalt, nickel, copper and manganese – valuable minerals that are crucial for electronics and evolving green technologies, such as electric cars and solar panels.

As the world moves further away from fossil fuels, it needs metals to harness and store renewable energy. A Canadian company, among others around the world, is eyeing the vast, untapped minerals in the high seas as the way to a sustainable future, especially seabed rocks that require no drilling, blasting or digging.

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