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By Matthew Lasley
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Mining goes 20,000 leagues under the sea

Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – February 12, 2020


Last updated 7/2/2022 at 9:13am

Hydrothermal black smoker vent in ocean emits metal laden sulfide fluids

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A hydrothermal vent, often called a black smoker, emitting plumes of super-heated water from deep in the earth. The spires created by these vents often contain precious, base and critical minerals.

Reminiscent of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a small submersible scours the inky depths of the ocean, not in search of seams of coal, but towering spires created by thermal vents. The remotely operated sub's lights splash across the cluster of vents that spew mineral rich plumes of super-heated water from deep in the earth into the chill of the ocean depths.

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