New profession for Seasteaders: Rare Earth Element 'miners'
November 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm #16522
pie, it looks like TSI is closing down the forums – so may i suggest to have this theme discussed in a moderated space here
As far as I’m aware, closing the TSI forums is no longer under consideration. Ken [/quote]
Well that’s a relief.
I will sign up at the other forum that Wil pointed to.
By the way, I received a investing email today which focuses specifically on rare earth metals:November 18, 2011 at 12:41 am #16527
Thanks. I’ve learned about a lot of interesting things here. I’m leary of switching discussion to another platform, especially one without it’s own hosting, and can lead to the movement becoming more scattered, but thanks for the offer. It does look like more conventional forum software than the Drupal here, and handles image files a lot better.November 26, 2011 at 4:43 am #16630
China sets up base to speed up study of deep-sea energy resources
QINGDAO, Shandong, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) — China will build a multi-million dollar research base on its east coast to accelerate the study and exploration of deep-sea energy resources, officials said Thursday.
The base covers 26 hectars of the ground and 62.72 hectares of the sea in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, and will serve as a ground support station for China’s manned submersible vehicle “Jiaolong”.
Engineers have started to design the research base whose initial construction cost is estimated to reach 495 million yuan (around 72.8 million U.S. dollars), said officials from Ministry of Science and Technology and State Oceanic Administration.
Scientists believe sea beds at a depth of 4,000 to 6,000 meters hold abundant deposits of rare metals and methane hydrate, a solidified form of natural gas bound into ice that can serve as a new energy source.
The submersible, designed to dive to a depth of 7,000 meters, managed to reach 3,759 meters beneath the sea level at test runs conducted in this May and June. Its name “Jiaolong” is a mythical sea dragon in Chinese.
China is the fifth country in the world to have conducted a manned dive to more than 3,500 meters below the sea level, after the United States, France, Russia and Japan.
China’s ambitious ocean exploration program began in 2002 and has involved more than 100 research institutes and companies, officials said.
The development of the submersible and its support vessel, as well as the selection and training of the crew took six years, oceanic administration officials previously said.
The submersible “Jiaolong” would be used for deep-sea natural resources inspections, as well as research and tests of equipment designed for deep-sea use.November 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm #16640
BRASILIA, Jan 15 (Commodity Online):
Brazil is chalking out plans to build a multi-billion-dollar underwater base to guard its offshore hydrocarbon resources and to explore farther into the sea for minerals under the seabed.
A string of commercially viable finds of oil and gas deposits on the high seas have given impetus to government plans to exploit the sea within and beyond the country’s territorial waters.
Various plans for making the most of offshore hydrocarbon resources are in place and most plans involve close collaboration between the government, the state-run hydrocarbons industry and the defense establishment.
Plans for an underwater “lab” or “platform” involve the government and the Brazilian navy, both of which are interested in setting up a marine outpost on the edge of Brazil’s territorial waters, allowing deeper access to the sea.
The idea is to place an oceanographic lab at Brazil´s most remote maritime frontier to have a continuous presence and dominate an area in which hidden natural riches go beyond the pre-salt layers, the Marine Technology Reporter said.
At the edge of the continental platform, around 350 nautical miles from the coast, the potential for mineral reserves under the seabed is considered to be very high, said the magazine.
Maybe the whole idea of “seasteading for political reasons ” will just not be a major motivator. What will be implemented is ocean colonization for economic reasons. Seasteading might come sooner and very different than TSI has imagined it …
We have China, Brazil, India colonizing the oceans for economic reasons – throwing hundreds of millions of Dollars on real world projects of exploration and establishing human presence in Captain Nemos domain. Nautilus deep sea mining and Richard Branson with Virgin Oceanic – opening the race for the private sector…
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