Deep-sea mining could damage delicate deep-sea ecosystems

Date: January 1, 2019

Source: Earth.com
Author: Kay Vandette

2018 has been the year of rollbacks, and the Trump administration has not been subtle about its stance on pushing for fossil fuel use and mining. As the demand for minerals, oils, and natural gas continues to increase, we have to dig deeper and set up more mining operations to fulfill that demand.

There are some major decisions regarding seabed mining expected in the coming year which could open up a gold-rush-like frenzy to set up deep-sea mining operations.

But if seabed mining increases, it could negatively impact deep-sea ecosystems, according to a new paper written by researchers from the University of Exeter and Greenpeace.

The paper, published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, calls for expanded protections of deep-sea ecosystems rather than more mining.

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