As the hunt for resources intensifies across the globe, international companies are now looking to the ocean for a new source of exploitation: deep sea underwater mining. Minerals worth millions of dollars can be found thousands of meters underwater—subsequently, the world has begun staking claims of the seabed. However, the proposed mining process appears completely destructive and there are many effects of mining that we can’t even anticipate… Before the industry becomes unstoppable from market-forces, it is important to critically examine and educate ourselves on what is transpiring in our oceans.
The deep sea is dark, cold and mysterious and only 95 percent of the ocean has been explored. Yet, the deep sea is already a target for mineral mining that will destroy everything in its wake.
Mineral mining prospects in the deep sea are piquing the world's interests as countries are staking claims in the sea bed. But what will the effects of deep sea mining be?
Will corporate interests and our modern way of life damage the people and nature on Pacific Islands? What effects will mining for metals off the coast of Papua New Guinea and other countries have?