DEEP-SEA MINING FOR RARE-EARTH METALS LOOMS, AS DO ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS
Once thought too expensive and too difficult, commercial scale mining of the deep sea is poised to become a reality as early as 2019. But scientists warn reaching rare minerals on and under the sea floor could cause irreversible damage to an environment that is still poorly understood.
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Complex Regulatory Challenge
U.S. Lagging Behind