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.
The company is closing down its biggest mine in the Kola Peninsula following plummeting raw material prices. Consequences will be dramatic for Zapolyarny, the industrial town located along the border to Norway.
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.