A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren’t well understood

Date: August 17, 2020

Source: MENAFN

Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone , according to international law.

Seabed mining for valuable materials like copper, zinc and lithium already takes place within countries” marine territories . As soon as 2025 , larger projects could start in international waters – areas more than 200 nautical miles from shore, beyond national jurisdictions.

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