Will Seafloor Mining Release an Alien Species?

We're about to find out

By Reuben Brody

 
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12 August 2016

It sounds like the plot of a bad movie. Or maybe a good movie

But it's all...too...real.

According to a report published in Scientific American: companies are about to start seafloor mining, nearly one mile below the surface.

Apparently the vast deposits of europium, terbium, yttrium, gold, silver, platinum, copper and nickel nestled at that depth are all of a higher grade. That's the good news.

Another bonus: extracting it deep below the sea bed means we won’t have to continue the damaging mining we do currently above shore. 

On the other hand...

Nobody knows what else is down there — ahem, the Kraken? — or how releasing it could affect the ecosystem. 

Chances are, it's going to be fine. Right?

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