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Precious Metals from Deep-Sea Vents

Deep-Sea Mining of Seafloor Sulfides: A Reality for Science and Society in the 21st Century

Deep-sea hydrothermal vent systems are attracting considerable interest from commercial mining companies.  Vent systems precipitate seafloor massive sulfide (SMS) deposits that are rich in copper, gold, silver, and zinc.  This event will bring together scientists, specialists in marine conservation, mineral economics, and public international law, the International Seabed Authority, national interests in SMS, and representatives of industry and NGOs.  The issue of deep-sea mining of SMS is of global importance, connected to the global economy, society, and the conservation of unique marine life.


Thursday, April 2, 2009
Public Forum

Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Keynote Speakers:

Caitlyn Antrim (Executive Director, Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans (USA))
Rod Eggert (Division Director, Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines)
Nii Allotey Odunton (Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority)
Maurice Tivey (Dept. Chair, Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Panel Discussion: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
To date, confirmed panelists include our keynote speakers (above), Chris German (ChEss), Sabine Christiansen (WWF), and Samantha Smith (Nautilus Minerals).

This is the 5th Elisabeth and Henry Morss Jr. Colloquium, sponsored by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  For more information please contact:
Stace Beaulieu, InterRidge Coordinator (508-289-3821), interridge@whoi.edu
Andrew Daly, Morss Colloquium Coordinator (508-289-2852), adaly@whoi.edu


Last updated: March 19, 2009