Development of Methods and Equipment for the Exploration of Manganese Nodules in the German License Area in the Central Equatorial Pacific.

Kuhn, Thomas, Rühlemann, Carsten and Wiedicke-Hombach, Michael (2011) Development of Methods and Equipment for the Exploration of Manganese Nodules in the German License Area in the Central Equatorial Pacific. In: Proceedings of the Ninth (2011) ISOPE Ocean Mining Symposium, Maui, Hawaii, USA, June 19-24, 2011. . International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE), Cupertino, California, USA, pp. 174-177. ISBN 978-1-880653-95-1

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Abstract

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and natural Resources (BGR) has
been exploring manganese nodules in a 75.000 km2 area in the central
equatorial Pacific since 2006. The economic potential of the nodules
results from their high and rather uniform Cu+Ni+Co content.
Exploration activities focus on a detailed assessment of nodule
abundance using a combined utilization of remote acoustic methods,
close-up video mapping and selective box core sampling. In this paper,
we briefly describe the technology used and present first results.

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Mn nodules; nodule abundance; exploration; acoustics; side-scan sonar; High-definition video; equatorial Pacific; RV Kolo Moana, Cruise KM09
Projects: Enrichment
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 07:28
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2017 07:28
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/35870

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