Robot Miners of the Deep
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
Nautilus was granted a mining lease in 2011 by Papua New Guinea for an area called Solwara 1 in the Bismarck Sea in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. By Catherine Bolgar. A combination of technological advances , from such unrelated fields as smartphones, sensors and robotics, is pushing deep-sea mining closer to reality. The sea floor is particularly rich with precious metals—more so than land deposits.