The deep pacific: Island governance and seabed mineral development

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While relatively little is known about the deep sea compared to land, data are being collected that fundamentally change how ocean spaces are thought about and engaged with. Beneath the surface of our planet’s expansive oceans lies the prospect of a new gold rush (after Shukman, 2013), one in which, in pursuit of sunken geologic treasures, companies scour the seabed for minerals and rare metals. The desire to locate such deposits is spurring a surge in attempts to map sections of seabed in high resolution, and to probe the ocean floor to determine the extent and composition of its raw materials. These technical assessments are steps in a process to assert national marine territorial boundaries, key to transforming the seabed into a space for industrialscale resource extraction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsland Geographies
Subtitle of host publicationEssays and conversations
EditorsElaine Stratford
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781138339354
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name Routledge Studies in Human Geography
Publisher Routledge


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