Collecting deep-sea nodules from the Clarion Clipperton Zone is a new industry and there are a lot of questions. There is also speculation. In this section we try to lay out what we know, what we don’t know, and shed more light on our operations and research. To learn more, please click around in the sections below.
Land-based Mining vs. Polymetallic Nodules
Polymetallic rocks on the abyssal seafloor contain high concentrations of several battery metals (nickel, copper, cobalt, and manganese) in a single rock. These remarkable rocks could be a better way to get the metals we need. Here are detailed reasons why.
We are undertaking one of the most comprehensive deep-sea research programs in history, investing $75 million as part of our Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) program. At the same time, we are commissioning original lifecycle sustainability assessments of the impacts of sourcing battery metals from polymetallic nodules compared to land-based ores.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is collecting nodules the same as strip mining? Does society know more about the moon or the deep sea? If you have questions, we have answers.