Beneath the ocean: mining’s new frontier
Treasures under the sea go way beyond the sunken galleons of yore. The seabed is thought to hold an astounding amount of mineral resources – and companies and governments alike want in on the action
With less than 1% of its floor explored, the ocean holds more mystery to mankind than even the surface of the moon.
The deep sea conjures up images of lost cities, fearsome monsters and sunken treasure. But when it comes to the latter, forget about shipwrecks and their precious cargo — infinitely more mineral wealth is believed to lie beneath the sea floor.