Searching Sea for Metal Is Japan’s Answer to Land That Has None

  • Mineral-rich rock at depths of 5,200 feet litter the sea floor
  • Testing method could gather gold for 2020 Olympics medals

Seabed mining operation.

Source: JOGMEC

As deep as 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) under water and 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from Tokyo, work has begun on the new hunting ground for metals in Japan, a country so devoid of natural resources that most of what it needs has to be imported.

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