Marine Science

Marine Geology and Oceanography of the Pacific Manganese Nodule Province

Authors: Bischoff, James L., Piper, David Z.

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Deep-sea manganese nodules, once an obscure scientific curios­ ity, have, in the brief span of two decades, become a potential mineral resource of major importance. Nodules that cover the sea floor of the tropical North Pacific may represent a vast ore de­ posit of manganese, nickel, cobalt, and copper. Modern technology has apparently surmounted the incredible problem of recovering nodules in water depths of 5000 meters and the extraction of metals from the complex chemical nodule matrix is a reality. Both the recovery and the extraction appear to be economically feasible. Exploitation of this resource is, however, hindered more by the lack of an international legal structure allowing for recognition of mining sites and exploitation rights, than by any other factor. Often, when a mineral deposit becomes identified as an ex­ ploitable resource, scientific study burgeons. Interest in the nature and genesis of the deposit increases and much is learned from large scale exploration. The case is self evident for petrol­ eum and ore deposits on land. The study of manganese nodules is just now entering this phase. What was the esoteric field of a few scientists has become the subject of active exploration and research by most of the industrialized nations. Unfortunately for our general understanding of manganese nodules, exploration results remain largely proprietary. However, scientific study has greatly increased and the results are becoming widely available.

Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • The Solar Radiation Environment in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific Ocean

    Franceschini, Guy A.

    Pages 1-41

  • Observations of Upper Ocean Currents at DOMES Sites A,B, and C in the Tropical Central North Pacific Ocean During 1975 and 1976

    Halpern, David

    Pages 43-82

  • Benthic Current Observations at DOMES Sites A, B, and C in the Tropical North Pacific Ocean

    Hayes, S. P.

    Pages 83-112

  • Nutrient Chemistry in the Tropical North Pacific DOMES Sites A, B, and C

    Anderson, James J.

    Pages 113-161

  • Chemical Composition, Size Distribution and Particle Morphology of Suspended Particulate Matter at DOMES Sites A, B, and C: Relationships with Local Sediment Composition

    Baker, Edward T. (et al.)

    Pages 163-201

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marine Geology and Oceanography of the Pacific Manganese Nodule Province
Authors
Series Title
Marine Science
Copyright
1979
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-3518-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-3518-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-3520-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
855
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