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What we’ve missed in the Abyss: Mining 40 years of cruise reports for biodiversity and research effort data from deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

Andrew Thaler for Southern Fried Science In the forty years since that first discovery, hundreds of research expedition ventured into the deep oceans to study and understand the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. In doing so, they discovered thousands of new species, unraveled the secrets of chemosynthesis, and fundamentally altered our understanding of what it […]

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A nodule harvester. Image courtesy DeepGreen.

DeepGreen closer to ocean mining battery metals after Swiss cash injection

Cecilia Jamasmie for Mining [dot] Com | 10 June 2019 Canada’s DeepGreen Metals, a start-up planning to extract cobalt and other battery metals from small rocks covering the seafloor, has secured the bulk of the $150 million it needs to carry out its first feasibility studies. The financing, provided by Switzerland-based offshore pipeline company Allseas […]

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Regulating deep sea mining

Secretary-General Micael Lodge for the Economist | 2 April 2019 Deep sea mineral exploration is one of the most tightly regulated activities in the ocean. Under international law, exploration, as distinct from marine scientific research (which is open to all States), may only be undertaken under a contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), an […]

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Future marine sanctuaries? Image: Greenpeace

This is what a planet-wide network of ocean sanctuaries could look like

Emma Charleton for World Economic Forum | 10 April 2019 What comes to mind when you think of the high seas? Pirates, whales, giant squid and great white sharks? Long the subject of stories and myths, life in the oceans beyond territorial waters is far from picture perfect. Under threat from climate change, acidification, overfishing, […]

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Directors exit seabed mining company

Radio New Zealand | 9 April 2019 Last week, Nautilus Minerals had its common shares delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) even as it seeks to sell off its assets. In a note to the TSX last Wednesday, the company said four of its directors had resigned, including chief executive John McCoach. Read the […]

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Venting fumeroles just from the crown of Godzilla hydrothermal vent. Ocean Networks Canada.

Deep-sea mining: regulating the unknown

Amber Cobley for The Ecologist | 15 March 2019 If you ask someone to describe the deep sea, the response is often a depressing description of a barren landscape devoid of life; one of such crushing pressure and eternal darkness that the chance of life surviving here seems only possible in stories of science fiction. […]

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A new species of the sea-anemone-like Relicanthus clings to a sponge stalk on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.Credit: D. J. Amon & C. R. Smith

Bus-size robot set to vacuum up valuable metals from the deep sea

Paul Voosen for Science | 14 March 2019 Sometimes the sailors’ myths aren’t far off: The deep ocean really is filled with treasure and creatures most strange. For decades, one treasure—potato-size nodules rich in valuable metals that sit on the dark abyssal floor—has lured big-thinking entrepreneurs, while defying their engineers. But that could change next […]

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A polymetallic nodule. (Image: Nautilus Minerals)

Deep seabed mining: key questions

Jessica Aldred for chinadialogue ocean | 26 February 2019 What is deep sea mining? It’s the process of retrieving mineral deposits from the deep sea – the area of the ocean below 200 metres. This covers around 65% of the Earth’s surface and harbours a rich diversity of species adapted to the harsh environment – […]

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