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Price increases, ore depletion seen boosting marine mining

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
As demand for rare earths and precious minerals increase amid a drive towards a low-carbon economy, depleting land-based reserves are increasingly boosting the commercial viability and attractiveness of the “last frontier” of deep sea mining. With growing demand driving the prices for copper, cobalt and lithium, besides others, higher, miners with the “capital might and technological know-how” are being incentivised to explore mineral deposits in the deep seas, particularly as the rich deposits are considered to be in abundant supply and of higher grades than land-based ore.

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