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Infographic: Deep-Sea Mining at a Crossroad

Infographic: Deep-Sea Mining at a Crossroad

An international agency charged with regulating deep international waters is trying to develop rules for deep-sea mining. One company is poised to start mining sooner.
Global decarbonization and the influx of electric vehicles and their batteries are putting stress on the supply of rare and other metals. The ocean floor is littered with polymetallic nodules, or metal-laden rocks, that contain enough nickel, copper, cobalt, and other metals to supply the growing industry and reduce the need for traditional mines. But the international agency charged with regulating deep-sea mining has yet to draw up rules, and 22 countries are calling for a moratorium on the practice.

 

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