Your future tech may rely on deep-sea mining

As the demand grows for the metals that power electronics, we may have to look farther and farther for mining opportunities. The next big mining frontier is the deep sea: along the seafloor, mysterious vents shoot scalding hot fluid into the ocean. These vents are a haven for miraculous and unique sea life, but they’re also home to highly concentrated (and very valuable) metals. What happens if we decide that the metals are worth more than the life?

Thank you to Ocean Exploration Trust for allowing us to use clips from their deep sea footage. You can follow their next expedition season here:


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26 Replies to “Your future tech may rely on deep-sea mining”

  1. If you’re watching this on a phone or tablet or computer, the parts were mined. Mining should take place in countries with strong environmental and labor standards. We need mining. That is all there is to it.

  2. Deep sea mining has a lot of obstacles to overcome before it would be profitable. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is the human element, but we are moving inexorably towards automation in all forms of industry, and deep sea mining will eventually be easy and cheap when the machines can do it with little to no input from us. Hopefully the environmental protections are in place before then.

  3. I really hope mining active vents can be prevented entirely. They are one of the last natural places on earth that are pretty much undisturbed by mankind. Their value is much higher than that of the minerals.

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