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The deep sea is a place of myth and mystery, filled with weird and wonderful life forms, and vital to the survival of our planet.

But now, this mostly unknown world is facing large-scale industrial exploitation – as mining of the deep seabed for minerals fast becomes reality. As land-based minerals become depleted and prices rise, the search for new sources of supply is turning to the sea floor.

This emerging industry, facilitated by advances in technology, poses a major threat to our oceans, which are already suffering from a number of pressures including overfishing, pollution, and the effects of climate change. There’s an urgent need for high seas protection.

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