Strategy Group Mineral Resources

Focus Area

Different types of marine mineral deposits (manganese nodules, massive sulfides, ferromanganese crusts, phosphorites), resource potential, and issues related to deep-sea mining

About 10 cm thick ferromanganese crust on a substrate rock from a seamount in the central Pacific (courtesy: Peter Halbach)High coverage of mainly small-sized nodules (diameter < 4 cm) at the seafloor of the eastern equatorial Pacific in 4200 m water depth Cross-section of a dead chimney from East Diamante Caldera, Mariana Islands, composed predominantly of sphalerite, barite, and amorphous silica (from Hein et al., 2014) 

Working Goals

Support and develop science for:

 

Work Packages

 

Chairs

Andrea Koschinsky (Jacobs University Bremen)

Mark Hannington (GEOMAR Kiel)


Members

Fauna at a seamount in the Pacific manganese nodule belt of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (GEOMAR)

Wolfgang Bach (University of Bremen)

Christian Borowski (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology)

Karsten Haase (University of Erlangen)

Matthias Haeckel (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel)  

Peter Halbach (Free University of Berlin)

James R. Hein (US Geological Survey)

Hermann Kudrass (MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University Bremen)

Thomas Kuhn (German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources Hannover)

Christian Müller (German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources Hannover)

Sven Petersen (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel)

Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera (German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources Hannover)

 


Links of interest to Deep-Sea Mining

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Feature papers of the special issue Marine Minerals for the open access journal Minerals.