Nautilus Invests More Money In Mining

News this morning is that Nautilus Mining has signed a 25 million dollar contract with Norway’s North Sea Shipping to provide a specialist mining support vessel for the Solwara-1 project in PNG. Evidence that Nautilus sees mining hydrothermal vents as profitable (and feasible) and movement ahead to commercial mining operations imminent.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

One comment on “Nautilus Invests More Money In Mining
  1. I was really drawn into this issue when I tracked back to your previous background post. Thanks for covering it so thoroughly!

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