Mining the Ocean Floor is Good!

The Mining Journal reports on statements by Nautilus representatives at the Numis Mining Conference with respect to criticism levied in Science.

Norgate argued that the high percentage of copper in the seabed surrounding Papua New Guinea would mean that less ‘land’ would need to be disturbed to generate the same amount of copper as open cut mining. She also said that water that was brought in during the dredging process would be purified before the water was returned to the ocean, preventing toxic pollution from entering the ecosystem.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 comments on “Mining the Ocean Floor is Good!
  1. If industry could be trusted to ensure no pollution one could
    agree with their attempts to recover copper ore etc. However, over the last fifty years industry has made many promises and assurances as they have systematically poisoned the world for a few fast bucks and the environment plus the people have ended up paying for it with their health, food supplies and massive environmental damage.

    I would therefore suggest that before any permission is granted, that they have insure against pollution so that they have to pay for the clean up, not the taxpayer to protect their profits!

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