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Environmental Factors for Design and Operation of Deep-Sea Mining System: Based on Case Studies

  • Rahul SharmaEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter brings together environmental factors that are expected to influence the design and operation of deep-sea mining system for polymetallic nodules. The study analyzes possible effects of various environmental factors from nodule-bearing areas in the Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB) and compares it with available data from the Pacific Ocean. Similar applications can be envisaged for different mineral deposits in other ocean basins as well.

Keywords

Environmental factors Design considerations Deep-sea mining system 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was carried out under the polymetallic nodule program of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. The data on atmospheric and sea surface parameters was compiled by Mr. Gagan Deka during his dissertation with the author. Figure 13 is obtained with courtesy from project “EIA studies for polymetallic nodules in CIOB,” National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSIR-National Institute of OceanographyDona PaulaIndia

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