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Grey Havoc

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This is yet another subject I could have sworn we had more on. Oh well.

From an old thread on Off-world mining:
It seems to me that mining for minerals will move to the deep-sea before going out to space due to cost and infrastructure requirements. Current interest is actually in phosphorus nodules that would be used to manufacture artificial fertilizers. Sulfide deposits around active and extinct hydrothermal vents contain precious metals such as silver, gold, copper, manganese, cobalt, and zinc and there are large areas of polymetallic nodules.

In light of news stories like the one below, not to mention longstanding concerns over supplies of Rare earths and other vital materials already being increasingly squeezed by less than benevolent interests, is deep sea mining finally going to see it's breakout moment, so to speak? Will such mining ease the outbreak of resource conflicts, or inadvertently accelerate their spread?

 
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