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Marine Minerals: A New Resource for the 21st Century

31 October - 01 November 2018
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Geological Society Events, 2018 Year of Resources, Marine Studies Group
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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Online registration is currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to be back up and running on 15 October.

To register please download the PDF Registration Form.

Jame Marine minerals activities are gathering pace. More and more entities are seeking licences from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for manganese nodule exploration and mining in the North Pacific and for hydrothermal minerals exploration and mining on mid-ocean ridges worldwide. 

The U.K. has an important role in marine minerals activities through its sponsorship of several exploration licences with the ISA and active marine minerals research by the NOC, BGS and Universities in U.K. waters and the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Central themes of the conference are expected to include research on these increasingly important mineral deposits and their recovery together with economic and environmental considerations.

Expected highlights:

In addition to featuring current U.K. work on marine minerals, expected highlights of the conference include the latest research and development on:

  • Metalliferous brines and sediments in the Red Sea and island arcs
  • Arctic Ocean, NW Pacific and NE Atlantic ferromanganese crusts
  • Central Pacific ferromanganese nodules
  • Indian Ocean ferromangese nodules and crusts
  • Hydrothermal minerals on the Mid Atlantic Ridge including in the Norwegian EEZ
  • Ferromangese nodules in the Cook Islands EEZ and central Pacific
  • Placer minerals in EEZs
  • Deep sea-bed mining and the International Seabed Authority

There will also be a keynote comparative evaluation of the resource potential of marine and land based mineral deposits by Dr James Hein of the USGS. 


A PDF provisional programme is available to download.

Call for poster abstracts

We welcome poster abstract contributions for this meeting.  To be considered for a poster presentation, please send an abstract no more than 500 words to


David Cronan (Imperial College London)

Robert Gatliff (BGS)

Bramley Murton (NOC)


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