The seabed is rich with rare earth metals – the materials that make smartphones, laptops and certain cancer drugs possible.
Deep in the ocean, lying on the seabed, you’ll find vast fields of manganese nodules filled with rare earth metals – the materials that make smartphones, laptops and certain life-saving medications possible. Journalist Maddie Stone highlights the manifold uses of these metals, and, recognizing them as a finite resource, details the growing demand for them that could lead to deep-sea mining. getAbstract recommends this article to businesses interested in investing in deep-ocean research, as well as to scientists and environmentalists concerned about the negative impact that such activities could have on entire ocean ecosystems.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why rare earth metals are sought after,
- Where such metals exist, and
- What economic and environmental complications the extraction of these metals present.
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