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.
About the Author
Maddie Stone is a staff writer at Gizmodo, a design and technology blog that features articles on the latest science and technology applications.