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.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
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.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.