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Opening the undersea mineral treasure chest

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Peter Höök - 30 Aug 2017

In a new era of ever-advancing technology and increased legal certainty, ocean floor mining is set to take off in the next decade as several juniors jostle to be first to exploit the wealth hidden on the deep ocean floor.

The company’s flagship Nori project is part of the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Central Pacific, which was first discovered in 1873 – an area believed to hold an abundance of the polymetallic nodules, with metal concentrations occurring on the vast abyssal plains at a depth of about 4 000 m to 6 000 m in international waters, O'Sullivan told an audience attending the fifty-sixth Annual Conference of Metallurgists, in Vancouver, Mining Weekly reports.