Scientists warn against deep-sea mining after key carbon cycle discovery

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Kirsteen Paterson | 20 November 2018

As many as 16 contractors from countries including the UK, Germany, France and Korea have secured exploration rights to the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ) in the Pacific Ocean.

However, the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has produced findings that suggest full scale mining could “significantly” impact ecosystems there for “decades”.

Until now, scientists believed dead fish, plankton and other material sinking to the lowest depth was the main source of seafloor biomass.

Read the full article here: Scientists warn against deep-sea mining after key carbon cycle discovery.