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Deep Sea Mining
cobalt

Cobalt on the Rise

Interest in deep sea mining has been accelerating due to the rising price of cobalt. The metal is an important component of EV batteries,...
The Nautilus New Era under construction. Photo courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Despite setbacks, Nautilus Minerals struggles towards production.

The last half year was a tough one for Nautilus Minerals. In December, their ship contractor defaulted on payments to the production support vessel...
The Maersk Launcher, DeepGreen's support ship. with the Ocean Cleanup System 001.

DeepGreen’s vision for the next generation of deep-sea mining

“This is an electric vehicle battery,” Gerard Barron exclaims as he holds a fist-size nodule, dark and lumpy, up to the screen. For Barron,...
Blue Growth

New Book Features Seabed Mining Among EU “Blue Growth” Industries

River Publishers has released Building Industries at Sea: 'Blue Growth' and the New Maritime Economy.   The book highlights four promising areas of activity identified...
ore sorting

New Mineral-Sensing Technology Accelerates Ore Sorting

A new technology may accelerate ore sorting by illuminating batches of ore with short pulses of radio waves, assessing ore grade and enabling high...
Cook Islands

Cook Islands Partners to Explore Pacific Bounty

The government of the Cook Islands, through the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), entered into an agreement in September with U.S. based Ocean Minerals,...
The Honotua Cable that crosses CCZ Block 1, based on ISA’s maps. Image courtesy Business Wire.

Without “due regard”, mining may get snagged on submerged cables

Representatives from the International Seabed Authority, the deep-sea mining community, and the International Cable Protection Committee met last week in Bangkok for the Second Workshop...
A nodule harvester. Image courtesy DeepGreen.

What’s next for deep-sea mining in 2019?

1. Outcomes from the LTC. In the next few weeks, the Legal and Technical Committee will release their draft regulations for mining...
Challenges at Nautilus

Challenges at Nautilus Continue

A series of internal and external pressures have been plaguing the Canadian deep sea mining firm Nautilus Minerals for months with no clear resolution...
A polymetallic nodule from the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone, purchased from an online dealer. 

Nodules for sale: tracking the origin of polymetallic nodules from the CCZ on the...

You can buy a 5-lb bag of polymetallic nodules from the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone on Amazon, right now.

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From the Editor: US Mineral Policy and an atomic legacy.

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