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Into the deep: EU expedition sets out in search of seafloor deposits

In late June a scientific expedition set out from Southampton, UK to explore the possibility of mining rich metal deposits on the deep ocean floor. The RRS James Cook has spent weeks on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where extinct hydrothermal vents could churn up valuable deposits of copper, gold, rare earth elements and more. The expedition’s chief scientist Dr Bramley Murton, speaking from the vessel 1,500 miles from shore in the Atlantic Ocean, explains more about the risks and opportunities of what could be an important new chapter in global mining history.

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