That’s no moon, that’s a bulk cutter

First watch the video above. Last week, I posted on Nautilus’s, that company that is going to delicately mine hydrothermal vents, bright new shiny 310 ton toy to pillage the deep.  The video above gives you a much better idea of both how insanely large the vehicle is but how it approximates the deep-sea mining version of the Death Star.

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

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.

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2 comments on “That’s no moon, that’s a bulk cutter
  1. Biggest mining industry in 50 years? God lets hope not. Were already altering the natural state of oceans enough as it is, deploying thousands of these things would be an atrocity

  2. I second that Drew.

    Dr. M, is there any research slated to be done into the long term effects of mining the deep? From experience beaches that are in proximity to dredging are typically impacted pretty heavily by coarse grain sediment being deposited on the beach. I wonder what will happen with all the waste that is pulled up while looking for bits of gold and silver.

    And another mildly related question: Who owns the deep ocean?

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