SO268: What’s up on the seabed?

Manganese nodules with a sponge in the Clarion Clipperton Zone. Photo: ROV KIEL 6000/GEOMAR

At the bottom of the Ocean, in ~4000m water depth they can be found in high abundances: Manganese nodules. Industry and states are interested in these potato-sized objects as a new metal resource. But before commercial mining will start, the potential ecological impacts need to be investigated. Therefore, the project MiningImpact (funded through JPI Oceans) […]

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10°51.600’S 78°24.130’W

After a long and exhausting flight from Europe, we arrived in Lima, Peru, on the 30th of May. Down here we were facing the typical Peruvian winter weather. It was cloudy and rainy and felt almost like Kiel in summer. The next day we went straight to the port of Callao, a place where many […]