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Metal extraction from deep-ocean mineral deposits

Mikhail V. Zubkov, Pawel K. Plucinski, Adrien C. Y. Dartiguelongue and Paul A. J. Lusty
Metal extraction from deep-ocean mineral deposits (in Deep-ocean mineral deposits, Paul A. J. Lusty (editor) and Bramley J. Murton (editor))
Elements (October 2018) 14 (5): 319-324


The future extraction of deep-ocean mineral deposits depends on being able to recover the metals in an economic and environmentally sensitive way. Metal production is one of the most energy intensive industrial sectors. The characteristics of some deep-ocean mineral deposits permit them to be readily dissolved and to release their contained metals into solution. Current innovations in hydrometallurgy, including metal leaching with ionic liquids and solvent extraction in non-dispersive phase contactors, demonstrate how metals could potentially be extracted from Fe-Mn deposits with increased energy efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint compared with traditional processing techniques. The importance of biological processes in the formation of deep-ocean Fe-Mn deposits is poorly understood. However, understanding how microorganisms select and deposit metal ions could further enhance targeted extraction of 'critical' metals.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 14
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Metal extraction from deep-ocean mineral deposits
Title: Deep-ocean mineral deposits
Author(s): Zubkov, Mikhail V.Plucinski, Pawel K.Dartiguelongue, Adrien C. Y.Lusty, Paul A. J.
Author(s): Lusty, Paul A. J.editor
Author(s): Murton, Bramley J.editor
Affiliation: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom
Affiliation: British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre, Keyworth, United Kingdom
Pages: 319-324
Published: 20181001
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 30
Accession Number: 2018-088968
Categories: Economic geology, geology of ore deposits
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: University of Bath, GBR, United KingdomBritish Geological Survey, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201848
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