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Nations seek right to hoist minerals from ocean floor

By Richard Brill

POSTED: 02:23 p.m. HST, Jun 07, 2014

~~<p>According to J.L. Mero's 1965 book &quot;Mineral Resources of the Sea,&quot; more than a trillion tons of manganese nodules on the floor of the Pacific Ocean comprised a virtually inexhaustible supply of manganese, cobalt, nickel and copper ores that was growing faster than it could be exploited.</p>
<p>By 1970, the United States had funded 40 exploratory cruises, mostly to the equatorial Pacific between Hawaii and South America. Germany and France launched 68 voyages and the Soviet Union mounted about 100 around the globe.</p>
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According to J.L. Mero's 1965 book "Mineral Resources of the Sea," more than a trillion tons of manganese nodules on the floor of the Pacific Ocean comprised a virtually inexhaustible supply of manganese, cobalt, nickel and copper ores that was growing faster than it could be exploited.

By 1970, the United States had funded 40 exploratory cruises, mostly to the equatorial Pacific between Hawaii and South America. Germany and France launched 68 voyages and the Soviet Union mounted about 100 around the globe. Login for more...



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