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19
Feb
2019

Source: The Conversation

“When they start mining the seabed, they’ll start mining part of me.”

These are the words of a clan chief of the Duke of York Islands – a small archipelago in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea which lies 30km from the world’s first commercial deep sea mine site, known as “Solwara 1”. The project, which has been delayed due to funding difficulties, is operated by Canadian company Nautilus Minerals and is poised to extract copper from the seabed, 1600m below the surface.

Continue reading Deep sea mining threatens indigenous culture in Papua New Guinea

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11
Feb
2019

Source: Phys.Org
Author: Schmidt Ocean Institute

A three week expedition off the coast of Costa Rica has just expanded our knowledge of deep sea ecosystems in the region. Led by Dr. Erik Cordes, Temple University, the scientists aboard research vessel Falkor surveyed the continental margin for seamounts and natural gas seeps, where specialized biological communities are found. The seamounts extending from the mainland to the Cocos Islands National Park provide an important corridor for the animals occupying the area.

Continue reading New deep sea animal discoveries warrant expanded protections in Costa Rican waters

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17
Jan
2019

Source: Deep Sea Mining Observer
Author: Andrew Thaler

The Rio Grande Rise is an almost completely unstudied, geologically intriguing, ecologically mysterious, potential lost continent in the deep south Atlantic. And it also hosts dense cobalt-rich crusts.

Continue reading A lost continent rich in cobalt crusts could create a challenging precedent for mineral extraction in the high seas

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5
Jan
2019

Source: Loop Business

The clock is ticking for Nautilus Minerals. The company has been struggling for some time as it seeks to force through the first experimental deep sea mining project, Solwara 1, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, despite concerted opposition.

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