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China’s deep-sea crewed submersible heads for Indian Ocean mining mission

China’s deep-sea manned Jiaolong submersible has embarked on a journey to conduct the country’s 38th oceanic scientific mission in preparation for potential mining of the sea bed. Carried by the advanced expedition ship Xiangyanghong 09, the craft departed from the port city of Qingdao in east Shandong Province on Monday morning. Jiaolong will be used to explore the […]

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New Study Reports Potential for Deepsea Mining Damage

A new international study has demonstrated that deepsea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deepsea life. This study, led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in the U.K., was the first to review all the available information on the impacts of small-scale sea-floor disturbances simulating mining activity. The experiments evaluated were much […]

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Seabed Mining could destroy Ecosystems

Panel to discuss deep-sea mining at AAAS Meeting

Originally posted as Press Release By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 17 February 2017 Home to an immense diversity of marine life, the deep ocean also contains valuable minerals with metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, manganese, zinc, and gold, and rare-earth elements used in electronic technology like smart phones and medical imaging machines. As […]

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Subsea mining moves closer to shore

HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR OCEAN RESEARCH KIEL (GEOMAR) | 9 February 2017 The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decades. Many industrialized economies also depend on imports of metals for their […]

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Casper octopod

Newly discovered ‘Casper’ octopod at risk from deep-sea mining

CELL PRESS | 19 December 2016 Last spring, researchers made headlines with the discovery of what was surely a new species of octopod, crawling along the seafloor at a record-breaking ocean depth of more than 4,000 meters (about 2.5 miles) off Necker Island near Hawaii. The octopod’s colorless and squishy appearance immediately inspired the nickname […]

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PNG Seabed Mining

New Ireland governor casts more doubt on PNG seabed mining

RADIO NEW ZEALAND | 8 Dec 2016 “Sir Julius Chan, who is a former prime minister, says he is in a dilemma over the Solwara 1 mining project planned for the sea in his province. While he is keen on economic developments, Sir Julius said the sea is the “garden” of his people, yet the […]

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PNG Minerals body says Solwara 1 consultations ongoing

RADIO NEW ZEALAND | 25 November 2016 “Papua New Guinea’s Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) says consultations regarding seabed mining in the Bismarck Sea are ongoing. This comes as civil society renews its call for the Canadian company Nautilus Minerals and PNG’s government to be more transparent about their Solwara 1 project. Planned mining in PNG’s […]

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Call for transparency around PNG seabed mining project

RADIO NEW ZEALAND | 24 November 2016 “Papua New Guinea’s public has the right to be informed about impacts of seabed mining, according to the NGO Bismarck Ramu Group. The Canadian company Nautilus Minerals said it was looking to begin mining in PNG’s Bismarck Sea by 2018 as part of its Solwara 1 project. The […]

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