Researchers warn deep-sea mining may cause extinction of species

Date: December 9, 2021

Source: The Guardian

Author: Karen McVeigh

Researchers at Queen’s University in Belfast have added 184 deep sea species to the IUCN global red list of threatened species.

The researchers focused on molluscs that were only able to live on hydrothermal vents (hot springs found on the ocean floor) but warned that extinction risks would be similar for other species including crustaceans and any others that rely on the vents to survive.

The paper was published in Frontiers in Marine Science and supported by Ireland’s Marine Institute.

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