Clean Energy Requires Rare Metals. Should We Mine the Ocean Floor to Get Them?

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By Leta Dickinson

Our need for metals runs deep. How deep, you might ask? Why, up to, in the form of potato-sized lumps of metal lying on the seafloor in some of the deepest parts of the oceans. We’ve been making sci-fi movies and writing books about it for decades, but commercial deep-sea mining might soon become…

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