Bad News From India

India has developed devices to search the depths of the ocean – to as deep as over 5,000 meters (5 km)


for economic exploration, joining a league of nations that are developing such capability to exploit ocean wealth.


‘Once fully tested, we will be able to demonstrate and study what is available at depths of 5,000 metres and more. This will help us know how the mineral wealth can be exploited,’ said Dr M.A. Atmanand, project director at NIOT.

Exactly what we need another Nautilus!

In an attempt to replace this with something better out of India I differ to Mujhse Dosti Karoge!

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

2 Replies to “Bad News From India”

  1. So what exactly is your objection? Is there reason to think that this project will be exceptionally destructive?

    It’s strange anyone might imagine that Bollywood could exist without a mineral extraction industry. Even if all the Indian subsistence farmers make better lives by becoming pop stars, the material resources will have to come from somewhere. Do you think that mining on land is inherently better?

    Also, the link between economic exploration and real scientific discovery has always been strong (even if there is also a tension). I don’t just mean the availability of funding. To learn about the earth it has been necessary to cut into it in a large scale way.

    The tone of your posting is less that mining should be rationally managed and regulated than that people have no right to live on the planet.

    I’d be interested in more posts along these lines. Perhaps you have in mind a model for the deep sea like Antarctica? What impact has oil and gas drilling had on ecosystems? Is sustainable fishing possible?

    In any case, it’s already an interesting blog on something I don’t know much about. Thanks!

  2. Obviously humans, in today’s society, cannot live without mineral resources. Yet our knowledge of terrestrial systems before large-scale mining took place was much more advanced than our understanding of the deep. Our scientific understanding doesn’t match the rapidness by which threats to the deep sea are growing. It is my concern that India is spending considerable money on such efforts without a complimentary amount going to basic research. I agree that some of our knowledge and growth of deep-sea sciences is a result of funding, efforts, and exploration by industry. My hope is for good management practices but there seems to be little interest and funding for this.

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