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Surveys Will Help To Predict the Impacts of Deep-Sea Mining

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Predatory sponges and giant sea cucumbers were just a few of the discoveries made by University of Hawaii researchers on a recent deep sea survey. The purpose of the mission was to characterize the remarkable organisms of this region to understand how these econosystem might change following deep-sea mining.  

More than a dozen countries are eyeing the ocean floor for the polymetallic rocks and for use in the computer industry. Deep-sea mining has not yet begun, but expeditions like this are necessary to manage the effects of mining in the deep sea.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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