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Considerations for Seabed Rare Earth Mining in the Pacific

[+] Author Affiliations
Hugh A. Wolgamot

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Wei Zhang

Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

Evangelia Kiosidou

National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Sung-hee Kim

Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Musa Bashir

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Paper No. OMAE2013-10844, pp. V003T05A016; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/OMAE2013-10844
From:
  • ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 3: Materials Technology; Ocean Space Utilization
  • Nantes, France, June 9–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5535-5
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME

abstract

A number of deep-sea mineral resources are well known and have been the subject of mining proposals. However, a recent paper has identified a new resource on the deep seabed in the form of rare-earth-rich seabed sediment. This paper considers issues associated with harvesting this resource from some of the identified locations, including demand for rare earths, methods of exploration, environmental concerns and some technological aspects.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME

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