“Deep sea mining has been called the ‘new gold rush‘, as tech companies scramble to access a sea bed rich in minerals required for devices such as laptops and smartphones.
It’s not only environmentalists who have been highlighting the dangers of such practices though. Academics and scientists have been quick to condemn deep sea mining as detrimental to the wellbeing of the ocean floor, causing irreparable damage.
Nautilus Minerals Inc, a Russian backed Canadian company, ‘wants to extract gold and copper deposits from 1.6km below the surface of the Bismarck Sea‘, according to The Guardian.
With no independent environmental study having taken place, the untested technology used for the mining could do untold levels of harm to the marine life and ecosystem of the surrounding oceans.”