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

Manganese nodules in the Clarion Clipperton Zone in more than 4000 metres depth.  In a few years some countries could apply to the International Seabed Authority for a mining licence in the CCZ. Photo: ROV-Team/GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)
24.09.2018

Deep-sea Mining: Research on Risks and Environmental Impacts Continues

The 2nd phase of the JPI Oceans project "MiningImpact" has started

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Gas hydrates are nicknamed "burning ice" because of the trapped methane. Photo: Science Party SO174
23.03.2018

Gas hydrate research: Advanced knowledge and new technologies

After ten years, the SUGAR project concludes with a conference in Potsdam

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Bathymetric map of the Nyegga region off the coast of Central Norway. Graphic: Jens Karstens / GEOMAR
12.02.2018

Why did gas hydrates melt at the end of the last ice age?

GEOMAR researchers find links between sedimentation and methane seeps on the seafloor off the coast of Norway

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