Science & Technology
Technology opens up deep sea mining
By T.K. Randall
April 4, 2009 · 2 comments
Image Credit: NOAA
New technologies are opening up the possibility of mining valuable minerals from the deep sea floor, a meeting of scientists and businessmen met in Cape Cod this week to discuss how to extract materials from the depths of the world's oceans.
There's gold in that thar sea floor. Silver, copper, zinc and lead, too. The problem is, it's a mile or two underwater and encased in massive mineral deposits that layer a dark, mysterious world. But new technology and worldwide demand have combined to make mining for these metals economically feasible for the first time. A breakthrough project is moving forward in New Guinea, and new rules to govern deep ocean mining will be set by an international authority this spring."
Source: Yahoo! News
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