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Sulphide minerals play a major part in the everyday life of a modern human. They are the source of industrial metals which get mobile phones, computers and electric cars to function.
These resources have historically been extracted from deposits on land. In recent times, however, mid-ocean ridges worldwide have been assessed for extraction.
The NPD conducted a successful expedition in the summer of 2018 on the Mohns Ridge, which discovered deposits from black smokers and adjacent rubble heaps of sulphides on the seabed.
This newly discovered area of sulphide minerals contains many such heaps and collapsed black smokers, including an inactive one 26 metres high as well as some active systems.