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Mining the sea floor   
Monday, 23 July 2012

Produced by Jessica Minshall

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Deep sea bed mining is a relatively new industry, and involves breaking off mineral deposits which have formed around volcanic hot springs on the sea floor. This is new territory, and all eyes are on Nautilus Minerals’ Solwara 1 project in the Bismarck Sea, off the coast of Papua New Guinea. When it’s up and running, it will be the first commercial scale deep sea mining operation.

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Dr Helen Rosenbaum authored the Out of Our Depth report into deep sea mining
Steve Raaymakers is undertaking his PhD with the University of Wollongong on Deep Seabed Mining in the South Pacific

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