India sees ocean floor as ripe for mining

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If commercial mining of seabeds is to prove viable, specialist machinery such as robot submarines will need to be developed. AFP
If commercial mining of seabeds is to prove viable, specialist machinery such as robot submarines will need to be developed. AFP

The National | 6 December 2018

In the classic 1870 Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, underwater explorer Captain Nemo predicted the mining of the ocean floor’s mineral bounty – zinc, iron, silver and gold.

India is catching up with that only now, as it prepares to unearth treasures down below, aiming to boost its economy.

The floor of the world’s seas is scattered with vast beds of black potato-shaped polymetallic nodules comprising copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese, iron and rare earth elements.

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