Experts call for urgent defense of deep ocean | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues |
An oceanographer is working with experts from around the globe to warn against lasting damage to the deep ocean, caused by fishing, oil and gas development, industrial-scale mining, waste disposal and land-based pollution. The world's deep ocean spans more than half the planet and holds vast quantities of untapped energy resources, precious metals and minerals. But as advancements in technology enable greater access to these treasures of the deep, experts are urging caution, highlighting the potentially irreversible damage that extracting such materials can cause.