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Robots to mine ocean floor
03-02-2017, 06:17 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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This is the premise of many underwater horror movies... damned.gif

Quote:/...we're ready to start deep-sea mining for real. We're depleting many of our land-based stores of minerals, and remote though it is, the bottom of the ocean is a likelier source of precious minerals than asteroids. It is strewn with deposits rich in gold, copper, manganese, cobalt, and other resources that supply our electronics, green technology, and other vital tools like medical imaging machines.

In 2019, Canadian mining firm Nautilus Minerals will send robots to excavate deposits rich in copper and gold within the jurisdiction of Papua New Guinea. Other nations are hot on their heels. The International Seabed Authority, which regulates deep-sea mining in international waters, has granted contracts to more than 25 countries to explore for minerals.

"There's…a gold rush mentality that has emerged," says Mark Hannington, a geologist at GEOMAR-Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany.

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One of the three robots Nautilus minerals will use for mining. The bulk cutter is
one of the machines that will chop up rock


http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/innovation/t...an-n724901
03-02-2017, 06:45 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:31,350 Threads:1,438 Joined:Feb 2011
There are so many things that could go wrong with this, but I think Fukushima has already killed all potential monsters...

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Srsly... Imagine BP GOMx100... 13.gif

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