China Developing Deep Seabed Mining


The Jiaolong submersible able to go 7 km deep on display in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Jiaolong submersible able to go 7 km deep on display in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Tao Chunhui, from the State Oceanic Administration, says China has made huge progress in deep-sea technology. Photo: Dickson Lee

Tao Chunhui, from the State Oceanic Administration, says China has made huge progress in deep-sea technology. Photo: Dickson Lee

SCMP says in its report “China’s deep-sea mission to mine the wealth beneath the ocean floor” on October 10, China is stepping up its activities in exploration of minerals deep at the bottom of Indian and Pacific oceans.

It says that according to Tao Chunhui, one of the country’s leading oceanographers and a researcher at the State Oceanic Administration, there are vast sulphide deposits on 3,000 meter deep seabed containing copper, zinc and precious metals gold and silver. China is conducting exploration to know where the minerals are while developing the techniques to mine the minerals.

China has developed its manned Jiaolong submersible able to go to the depth of 7,000 meters and is now developing an 11,000-meter submersible to challenge the depth of of the Mariana Trench near Guam.

SCMP quotes Tao as saying,“China has made huge progress in deep-sea technology. We went from importing and copying to making our own innovations.”

Source: SCMP “China’s deep-sea mission to mine the wealth beneath the ocean floor” (summary by Chan Kai Yee, full text can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2025456/chinas-deep-sea-mission-mine-wealth-beneath-ocean-floor

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