Samples on deck!

Photo: NTNU MarMine / Lars Ivar Tumyr
Photo: NTNU MarMine / Lars Ivar Tumyr

On board the Polar King, the MarMine cruise has now concluded the investigations of two known SMS sites. The HUGIN HUS AUV has just been sent down on a 12 hr. mission to investigate an unexplored area of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The MarMine project benefits from the access to detailed analysis of the bathymetry in the area. This was carried out in a pre-project from 2012 to 2014. The pre-project laid the foundation for the new research initiative on marine minerals and deep sea mining at NTNU, and was an initiative of Nordic Ocean Resources AS (a subsidiary of Nordic Mining ASA), Statoil ASA and NTNU. Nordic Ocean Resources AS has supported the project with funding and enthusiasm from the beginning and the company is also an industry partner in the MarMine consortium.

Samples on deck!