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NONFUEL MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE PACIFIC EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE.

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Abstract

The Pacific Exclusive Economic Zone contains a variety of hard mineral resources. Sand and gravel and their associated placer deposits of heavy minerals are the most likely to be developed in the near future, but offshore and deep water deposits of phosphorite, abyssal manganese nodules, ferromanganese crusts enriched in cobalt, and massive sulfide deposits all represent future resources. The distribution, extent, and formation of these deposits are poorly understood and will be clarified only with additional exploration, framework geologic mapping, and study of the processes by which these resources form. It is pointed out that the initial discovery of most hard-mineral resources in the EEZ was made during routine scientific marine-geologic surveys aimed at understanding the framework geology and geologic processes of an offshore region.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
NONFUEL MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE PACIFIC EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE.
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Publisher:
IEEE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, USA
Larger Work Title:
Oceans Conference Record (IEEE)
First page:
438
Last page:
443
Conference Title:
Oceans '84 Conference & Exposition, Conference Record: Industry, Government, Education, Designs for the Future.
Conference Location:
Washington, DC, USA