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

The habitat formed by manganese nodules is home to specific sessile and mobile fauna. Photo: ROV-Team, GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)

Deep-Sea Mining: Transparent Environmental Management Needed

Final meeting of the European research project “MiningImpact” at the NHM London

Visualization of the model Dr. Burwicz-Galerne used to simulate the development of the gas hydrate deposits in the Green Canyon. Graphic: Ewa Burwicz-Galerne

Gas hydrate younger than previously thought

GEOMAR researcher awarded for complex computer models of the seafloor

Reconstructed 3D model of a nanotomography. The left picture shows uraninite (uranium ore) that surrounds gold. In the right picture, a computer programme was used the remove the uraninite to illustrate the large volume hidden in the uranium ore.

The formation of gold deposits in South Africa

German-Canadian research team discovers new ore-forming process in ancient marine sedimentary basin