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NOAA to embark on 2017 American Samoa Expedition

From February to April 2017, NOAA and partners will conduct two telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa, Samoa, and the Cook Islands, with an emphasis on the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument (RAMNM) and the National Marine […]

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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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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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