Research by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows that there are considerable amounts of copper, zinc, silver and metallic sulfides on the sea bottom. Scientists have analyzed the northern part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, an area with volcanic activity that has created Jan Mayen and Iceland.
In the volcanic areas boiling sea water extracts minerals and metals from the bottom. When this comes into contact with cold water, gold, silver, copper, cobalt, zinc and lead is precipitated.
NTNU, Statoil and Nordic Ocean Resources AS have teamed up in a research project to see what mineral resources the Mid-Atlantic Ridge holds. The methods are the same as in exlploration fofr oil and gas resources.
The researchers believe it is possible to exploit the mineral resources on the sea bottom.
“The considerable size of the estimate gives reason for continuation of the project in order to enhance knowledge of Norway’s marine mineral resources and how these can be managed in a sustainable way”, says dean Ingvald Strømmen to NTNU’s web site.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.