Should we mine the deep seafloor?.

Beaulieu, Stace E., Graedel, T. E. and Hannington, Mark D. (2017) Should we mine the deep seafloor?. Open Access Earth's Future, 5 (7). pp. 655-658. DOI 10.1002/2017EF000605.

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As land-based mineral resources become increasingly difficult and expensive to acquire, the potential for mining resources from the deep seafloor has become widely discussed and debated. Exploration leases are being granted, and technologies are under development. However, the quantity and quality of the resources are uncertain, and many worry about risks to vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. Deep-sea mining has become part of the discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this article we provide a summary of benefits, costs, and uncertainties that surround this potentially attractive but contentious topic.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Deep-sea mining, Environmental impacts, Manganese nodules, Seafloor massive sulfides, Sustainable development
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS > Marine Mineralische Rohstoffe
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1002/2017EF000605
ISSN: 2328-4277
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 11:12
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 09:11

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