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  • The technology opening up the deep is also opening up opportunity.

  • Not just witness the diversity of life

  • but to glimpse vast amounts of rare mineral resources.

  • Some of the world most valuable metals can be found deep under the waves.

  • A discovery that has begun to pique the interest of the global mining industry.

  • The next frontier for mining is going to be in the ocean

  • because there's a lot of these rare earth elements and minerals in the sea.

  • The boldest mining companies are heading to the deep

  • drawn by the allure of a new gold rush.

  • But to exploit it, they're also beating a path to another strange new world.

  • In an industrial estate,

  • in the north of England,

  • SMD is one of the world's leading manufacturers of remote underwater equipment.

  • This is one of our deep sea mining machines.

  • It's a small prototype.

  • So, half of the size that you would see.

  • This is a remotely operated machine.

  • It's working up to 4,000 meters depth in some of the hardest conditions known.

  • We have a saying, "It's not rocket scienceit's much more difficult than that."

  • The industrial technology the company has developed

  • has made mining possible, several kilometers beneath the ocean surface.

  • We are talking about gold, copper, silver, metals, cobalt

  • and all those resources are potentially very valuable.

  • They're absolutely necessary for the future prosperity of human kind.

  • With an estimated 150 trillion dollars worth of gold alone,

  • deep sea mining has the potential to transform the global economy.

  • The companies that run these industries will be able to buy whole countries,

  • so the value is almost immeasurable.

  • But at what cost?

  • With so much still to discover, mining in the deep ocean could have unknowable impact.

  • There are so many secrets to be revealed.

  • It's very important and delicate balancing act.

The technology opening up the deep is also opening up opportunity.

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    林恩立 posted on 2017/08/22
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