The UMI 2006 presentations will focus on the following topics:
Profitable marine mining industries are currently recovering seabed sand and gravel deposits off Great Britain, Japan, and other coastal states and high quality diamond deposits off Southern Africa. Potentially commercial marine mining ventures for seabed deposits of gold, silver, copper, nickel, zinc, cobalt, and other metals are developing off Papua New Guinea and within the international seabed areas under the regulatory control of the International Seabed Authority.
Methane hydrates consist of chemically stable deposits of methane gas bound within a matrix of water ice. These deposits form under conditions of high pressure and low temperature within the seabed. They form widespread deposits that represent potentially very large energy resources. Possible resources reported by the United States Geological Survey and others could amount to more than twice the energy equivalent of all other hydrocarbon fuels put together. Current research programs investigating the potential of methane hydrates are being supported by the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, and other countries.
The 2006 UMI invites papers on all aspects of these commercial mining, exploration, and research efforts, including methods of deposit delineation, potential methods for recovery and utilization, and potential economic and environmental impacts of commercial operations. Studies that compare the environmental impacts of seabed operations with land-base alternatives that can supply the same commodities are also of interest. Marine mineral deposit models and processes of formation, as well as other topics of serious interest to the study of marine minerals, will also be important components of this 2006 UMI.
The UMI provides perhaps the most appropriate setting to discuss these issues. The Institute has an established reputation for fostering multidisciplinary debate on complex topics related to seabed development. Also, the Institute’s primary sponsor, the International Marine Minerals Society, owes no allegiance to any particular commercial, academic, or government body and thus serves as an independent voice on marine minerals issues.
Email a WORD or text file containing the following information to the Conference Coordinator. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2006.The selection of presentations and notification of authors will be completed by May 15, 2006.
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