History's Largest Mining Operation Is About To Begin
By Martyn Lowder
What's going on here?
This week, we learnt that the largest mining operation in the history of our planet is about to begin; underwater in the Atlantic Ocean, off the West Coast of Africa.
What Does This Mean?
Deep sea mining has been talked about for decades, but until now it's been deemed too risky to operate in the high-pressure, pitch-black conditions. However, as technology advances, dozens of governments and private ventures are now ‘diving in’.
It's hard to visualise, but imagine opencast mining taking place at the bottom of the ocean, where huge remote-controlled machines excavate rocks from the seabed and pump them up to the surface.
Why Should We Care?
In the past, little was known about the animals on the ocean floor. Most scientists thought the darkness and cold would make the deep sea uninhabitable, however we now know that the Earth’s oceans are teeming with life (Yeti Crabs get our vote).
Regulations for ocean mining have never been formally established. Mining companies may promise to extract seabed metal with minimal damage to the surrounding environment, but to believe this requires faith. Here is our 'Stop Deep Sea Mining’ starter pack:
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