Biological, mineral and energy resources

Gas hydrates - burning ice - a possible energy resource for the future? Source: GEOMAR

The oceans offer enormous potential for new resources: natural marine substances, mineral resources, and gas hydrates on the seafloor could complement, and possibly replace, certain land-based occurrences. Comprehensive interdisciplinary investigations are required in order to enable a well-balanced assessment to be made of the potential provided by these marine resources, as well as the risks involved in their exploitation

News for topic: Marine Resources

In some regions of the oceans manganese nodules occur in vast amounts on the seafloor. Photo: Nils Brenke, CeNak

Deep-Sea Mining: What are the risks?

GEOMAR coordinates European joint project on impact assessment

These manganese nodules, now discovered during expedition SO237 in the Atlantic, are up to 10 million years old. Photo: Thomas Walter

Looking for deep-sea animals – and finding manganese nodules

Surprising discovery during the maiden expedition of RV SONNE

3D seismic image of the sea floor off the east coast of New Zealand.  Clearly visible are large deposits of landslides, but also gas leaks and free gas in the sediment. Graphic image: Sebastian Krastel, University of Kiel

In fragile balance

German-New Zealand research team discovers previously unknown methane deposits while studying unstable submarine slopes