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Project December 7, 2016

Underwater Mining in the Pacific Ocean

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A dive into the deep sea illuminates a world full of possibilities for both discoveries of extraordinary life and opportunities for exploitation. Image by Sarah Fahmy. United States, 2016.
A dive into the deep sea illuminates a world full of possibilities for both discoveries of extraordinary life and opportunities for exploitation. Image by Sarah Fahmy. United States, 2016.

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.

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