Future Of Mining > Exploration

Seafloor resources all above board

Conventional mineral exploration sampling and drilling at the bottom of the ocean can be “crushingly impossible”, says an expert in the field. Regulatory pressures to conform with current resource estimation rules can feel similarly weighty, particularly for small companies. Are the compliance costs then going to seriously impede the rush to open up sub-marine mineral frontiers?

Future Of Mining > Exploration

Seafloor resources all above board

Conventional mineral exploration sampling and drilling at the bottom of the ocean can be “crushingly impossible”, says an expert in the field. Regulatory pressures to conform with current resource estimation rules can feel similarly weighty, particularly for small companies. Are the compliance costs then going to seriously impede the rush to open up sub-marine mineral frontiers?

Seafloor resources all above board

Video cameras and side-scan sonar provide continuous records of seafloor operations

A veteran geoscientist who worked with TSX-listed Nautilus Minerals’ on its journey into uncharted resource-estimation waters at the Solwara 1 multi-metal project in the Bismarck Sea suggests this may not be the case.