The NPD (Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) is now beginning an intensive knowledge acquisition expedition within the deeper areas of the continental shelf in western components of the Norwegian Sea.
The NPD has engaged Swire Seabed AS, who companions with Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc, to hold out mapping of potential sulphide minerals on the seabed over the Mohns Ridge. This is a spreading ridge within the Atlantic Ocean that separates two oceanic plates, the place potential useful minerals have been fashioned via sizzling volcanic sources. The focus of the expedition is just not the lively hydraulic techniques comparable to “black people who smoke”, however moderately non-active extinct techniques that at the moment are left as mineral-rich piles of gravel on the seabed.
The mapping shall be carried out utilizing an autonomous underwater automobile, a Kongsberg Hugin AUV, which maps the seabed utilizing a variety of devices: bottom-penetrating echo sounder, multibeam bathymetry, artificial aperture sonar knowledge, magnetometry and spontaneous potential area knowledge.
After the information is processed on board, mineral samples shall be taken from the seabed the place the information signifies the presence of deposits. Sampling shall be carried out utilizing an underwater ROV (remotely operated automobile). This shall be lowered right down to the seabed, which may very well be as deep as 3000 metres, and can choose up take a look at materials of the minerals.
The expedition shall be underway all through August and into September. (Source: NPD – Image: Kongsberg)
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