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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/20000-feet-under-the-sea/603040/

 

History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin

It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable.

The oil industry has been the largest miner in the oceans up until now. Methane hydrates may be mined in a few decades. Many metallic and other minerals will now be mined very soon. What is the outlook? Will we carefully preserve the watery environment that covers far more than the continents do? Who will oversee the miners that are now getting ready to start large dredging operations and send billions of tons of silt and its contents up in plumes that will travel for many miles? What issues are involved environmentally, economically, and legally? RCW

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Imagine what companies will claim v. what they actually do underwater....

Not a pleasant thought.

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Namibia has been dredging offshore sand for years in the search for diamonds and been very successful in doing so.

I don't technically see this as mining but this is now happening in the conventional sense, cobalt is especially high on the agenda.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/03/deep-sea-mining-to-turn-oceans-into-new-industrial-frontier

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On 12/19/2019 at 2:15 AM, Dan Warnick said:

Imagine what companies will claim v. what they actually do underwater....

Not a pleasant thought.

Actually considering how mining companies conduct themselfes in developing countries I actually think this will be overall good for the envoriment. 

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The essense of this article rests in poetic hyperbole, usage of: „is about to”.

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On 12/23/2019 at 8:54 AM, Marcin said:

The essense of this article rests in poetic hyperbole, usage of: „is about to”.

Sort of like Global Warming, Climate Change, and now Climate Catastrophe?

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