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Raw materials from the deep sea are essential to fighting climate protection

Raw materials from the deep sea are essential to fighting climate protection

Deep sea mining

Humans vs. Animals: The Oceans Are Full of Raw Materials, But Is This Also Eco-Friendly?

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Berlin Casper has impressive patience. Semi-transparent octopus species incubate their offspring for up to four years. And that in a hostile environment, about 4,000 meters below sea level. Not a single ray of sunlight penetrates even here, and the pressure is incredible – it weighs 400 kilograms on every square centimeter.

Unfortunately, when tending to a brood, the octopus stumbles upon a metal block that other terrestrial species consider a valuable treasure. People have discovered so-called manganese nodules on the sea floor as deposits of raw materials. In addition to manganese, the accretion also contains nickel and cobalt – all important materials for electric vehicles or photovoltaic systems.

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