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Deep-Sea Mining and Energy Exploitation

  • Erik Seedhouse
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Abstract

In James Cameron’s alien first-encounter movie, The Abyss, much of the action takes place on a semi-mobile drilling platform called The Benthic Explorer, located hundreds of meters beneath the surface. While present-day technology may not match Cameron’s Benthic Explorer, mining the ocean floor is a step closer to reality thanks to increased energy demand and the efforts of neophyte marine mining companies who are exploring the possibility of mining deep-sea-floor deposits. Until very recently, such a venture was neither economically nor technically possible, but recent advances in technology mean we may be on the brink of an era of deep-ocean exploitation.

Keywords

Energy Exploitation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Ocean Floor Hydrothermal Vent Black Smoker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.MiltonCanada

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