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

Aug 9, 2018

A Longicaud Psychropotes sea cucumber on polymetallic nodules, also known as manganese nodules.
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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.