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News Roundup: Are we about to start mining the ocean for raw smartphone materials?

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Seafloor mining

Our electronics use all kinds of rare and valuable metals. They are mined from all over the world, but are hard to find, expensive to extract, and often come at a high human cost. But soon we could be mining the sea for our smartphone martials.

The Japan Times is reporting that its successfully mined zinc, gold, copper and lead from deep-water seabed off the coast of Okinawa. According to the report, this was the largest extraction of its type, and produced the equivalent of Japan’s entire zinc yearly consumption.

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