20 Feb '12, 1pm

Revealed: the new species threatened by deep-sea mining:

Revealed: the new species threatened by deep-sea mining:

The SW Indian Ridge is an ultra-slow spreading ridge, meaning there is less volcanic activity in the area. As a result, vents are spread further apart and tend to have longer life spans, sometimes lasting for millennia, whereas vents in the Eastern Pacific experience frequent natural disturbances like lava flows and earthquakes. Mineral deposits are greater in ultra-slow spreading ridges, making them desirable locations for exploration. Copley fears species could be ‘pushed towards extinction’ if mining is eventually permitted in such regions.

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