How the Ocean Floor Got Filled with Riches

How the Ocean Floor Got Filled with Riches

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Deep below the surface, the ocean floor is full of riches. There’s gold, iron, and lots of other rare, precious metals. What kind of geochemical processes can leave loot all over the seafloor?

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Sources:
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2017.00418/full
https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/facts/mid-ocean-ridge.html

Seafloor Mining


https://www.unrv.com/economy/copper.php
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70203448
http://www.inchem.org/documents/cicads/cicads/cicad69.htm
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/global-ocean-mineral-resources?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1134/S1075701506020036
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-020-0027-0
https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1504/background/crusts/welcome.html
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/global-ocean-mineral-resources?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

Manganese nodules


https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es504930v
https://divediscover.whoi.edu/history-of-oceanography/
https://web.archive.org/web/20200425171236/https:/www.isa.org.jm/mineral-resources/55
https://www.isa.org.jm/frequently-asked-questions-faqs

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Deep_Sea_Vent_Chemistry_Diagram.svg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Geology_of_Cyprus-SkiriotissaMine.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Expl8354_(11465456736).jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Manganknolle.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Konkrecje_na_dnie_oceanu.JPG
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-020-0027-0/figures/3
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