Deep-Sea Mining

Resource Potential, Technical and Environmental Considerations

  • Rahul Sharma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Deep-Sea Minerals: Distribution Characteristics and Their Resource Potential

  3. Deep-Sea Mining Technology: Concepts and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. M. A. Atmanand, G. A. Ramadass
      Pages 305-343
  4. Metallurgical Processing and Their Sustainable Development

  5. Environmental Concerns of Impact of Deep-Sea Mining

  6. T. Kuhn, A. Wegorzewski, C. Rühlemann, A. Vink
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 527-535

About this book


This comprehensive book contains contributions from specialists who provide a complete status update along with outstanding issues encompassing different topics related to deep-sea mining. Interest in exploration and exploitation of deep-sea minerals is seeing a revival due to diminishing grades and increasing costs of processing of terrestrial minerals as well as availability of several strategic metals in seabed mineral resources; it therefore becomes imperative to take stock of various issues related to deep-sea mining. 

The authors are experienced scientists and engineers from around the globe developing advanced technologies for mining and metallurgical extraction as well as performing deep sea exploration for several decades. They invite readers to learn about the resource potential of different deep-sea minerals, design considerations and development of mining systems, and the potential environmental impacts of mining in international waters.


marine mineral deposits metallurgical processing environmental impact assessment polymetallic nodules seafloor sulfide deposits cobalt-rich manganese crusts benthic biodiversity rare earth metals deep sea mining

Editors and affiliations

  • Rahul Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of OceanographyDona PaulaIndia

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