Hydrothermal vents and the ocean floor are sources of minerals with the potential of having high economic value. In recent months, much debate has occurred between engineering, biologists, and environmentalists about the benefits and pitfalls of practicing such techniques. Land-based resources are quickly being depleted, so some are turning to the ocean to find those same resources.
MIT: Mining the Deep Sea
Verge Science: Your future tech may rely on deep-sea mining
David Attenborough: Ban deep-sea mining
The Atlantic: History’s largest mining operation is about to begin
Worldwide cases and deaths continue to rise. Remember when I first showed you this site in class almost two weeks ago, the total number of cases was approximately 113,000. Look at the numbers now. Here in my home state, Gov. Gavin Newsom initiated a stay-at-home order, the first in the country to do so on a state-wide basis. The U.S. borders with both Canada and Mexico will be closed to non-essential travel midnight on Saturday. Finally, know that the New York Times is providing free access to its coronavirus news.