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Deep sea gold mining by India

Deep sea gold mining by India

India is set to explore the deep sea in order to find mineral deposits and precious metals like gold and silver in the Southern Indian Ocean. This exploration also helps in examining the chemosynthetic bacteria which is the basis of food chain.

The country’s 1st ever ocean floor exploration for polymetallic sulphides is being conducted in the Rodriguez Triple Junction (RTJ). This is a geologic junction within the southern Indian Ocean where 3 tectonic plates meet close to Mauritius.

The country has been granted 10,000sqkm close to RTJ for ocean floor exploration of polymetallic sulphide stated the Scientists at the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean research (NCAOR). They are mineral deposits with 3 or more metals present in commercial quantities.

In 2014, the license to conduct exploration for fifteen years was granted by the International seabed Authority (ISA. ISA is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the ocean.


National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai and NCAOR can conjointly take up the second level of exploration before long. The exploration is done with the help of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that identifies hydrothermal vents, which are fissures on the surface, unremarkably found close to active volcanic areas associated with tectonic structures.

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