Deep Sea Mining: An Invisible Land Grab
Posted by Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue in Ocean Views on July 21, 2016
After decades of being on the back burner owing to costs far outweighing benefits, deep sea mining is now emerging as a serious threat to the stability of ocean systems and processes that have yet to be understood well enough to sanction in good conscience their large-scale destruction.
Critical to evaluating what is at stake are technologies needed to access the deep sea. The mining company, Nautilus Minerals, has invested heavily in mining machinery. However, resources needed for independent scientific assessment at those depths are essentially non-existent. The entire story can be found on the National Geographic site link below: