Special Issue "Deep-Sea Minerals and Gas Hydrates"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Prof. Dr. Georgy Cherkashov
Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
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Interests: marine minerals, deep sea mineral deposits, geochemistry and mineralogy, methods of exploration, seafloor massive sulfides, evolution of hydrothermal systems
The most promising mineral resources distributed out of the shelf zones are ferromanganese nodules and crusts, seafloor massive sulfides, phosphorites and gas hydrates. Marine minerals (nodules, crusts, sulphides and phosphorites) have different characteristics in their geological setting, grades of metals and genesis. They include such commodities as Cu, Co, Ni, Mn, P, Mo, rare earth elements, Au, Ag, Pt, Te, and others. Gas hydrates considered as giant potential hydrocarbons resource.
International activities directed towards deep-ocean mining are accelerating at an amazing pace and, to date, more than 2.5 million square kilometers of the seafloor are under contract for exploration and that number is increasing monthly. Global metal markets, establishment of regulatory frameworks by coastal nations and the International Seabed Authority, and technology developments are driving this global race. Technology now exists for the mining of deep-ocean seafloor massive sulfides, manganese nodules, and phosphorite, and is in the final stages of development for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts. Within the next few years, the first deep-ocean mines will have begun operations and a new industry will have been born.
A special session on “Marine Mineral Resources and Impacts of Potential Mining” has been established at the Goldschmidt 2017 Conference. Articles presented at this session will also be included in the Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Georgy Cherkashov
Dr. Bramley Murton
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- marine minerals
- deep-sea mineral deposits
- submarine gas hydrates
- ferromanganese nodules
- co-rich manganese crusts
- seafloor massive sulfides and low-temperature hydrothermal mineralization
- geological setting of deep-sea mineral deposits
- composition of deep-sea mineral deposits
- exploration and exploitation methods
- impact of potential mining