01-06-2017 02:45 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
The Ministry of Earth Sciences announced the Deep Ocean Mission which will explore India's sea beds for vast resources of metals
M Rajeevan, Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, on Tuesday announced the Deep Ocean Mission which will explore the rich natural resources on sea beds. He has confirmed the participation of seven premier science agencies including NIO, ISRO and DRDO in the venture.
The mission is slated to begin in January next year. Rajeevan said that it is one of their biggest missions and is garnering a lot of interest. A workshop titled ‘Three decades of India acquiring Pioneer Investor Status — achievements and way forward’ was held at the National Institute of Oceanography auditorium in Dona Paula. It was held to commemorate the country’s efforts to explore the sea bed of the Central Indian Ocean, and the successful discovery of vast polymetallic nodules — metal-rich minerals. Many renowned scientists and experts participated in the workshop.
M S Nagar, Member Standing Committee, Ministry of Earth Sciences was also present at the event. He emphasized that oceans are the ultimate storehouse which holds many truths that need to be explored. When resources on land will deplete, the oceans will be of great help.
Very few countries in the world have conducted an environmental impact assessment of experimental mining in the deep sea and India is one of them. An area of 75,000 sq km with an estimated resource of about 100 million tones of strategic metals has been designated for exploration.
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