The composition of rare earth element in deep-seabed mineral deposits

Title
The composition of rare earth element in deep-seabed mineral deposits
Author(s)
박상준; 문재운; 최선기; 서인아
KIOST Author(s)
Pak, Sang Joon(박상준)Moon, Jai Woon(문재운)Choi, Sun Ki(최선기)
Publication Year
2018-04-09
Abstract
Korea has carried out several explorations in order to delineate rare-metal bearing resources in deep seabed. Rare metalbearing seabed mineral resources which Korea has explored are categorized into major four types of deposit polymetallic nodules, Co-rich crusts, seafloor massive sulfides and deep seabed sediments. Total rare earth oxide (TREO) contents in polymetallic nodules range from 0.037 to 0.302 REO % with mean value of 0.12 REO %. Co rich crusts show as high grades as polymetallic nodules (0.013 to 0.387 REO %, average = 0.18 REO %). Other rare metals such like Te and Pt are enriched elements in Co-rich crusts, displaying enrichment factors (EF) of 10,800
and 150, respectively. Se as well as In are highly enriched elements in seafloor massive sulfides (EF=1,300 and EF=110, respectively), whereas REE’s contents are very low. TREO contents in REE-bearing sediments, which is recently recognized as a possible REE resource, range from 0.024 to 0.115 %, showing little bit lower grade than polymetallic nodules and Co-rich crusts. The rare metals extracted from nodules and crusts will add economic values to conventional commodities such as Co, Ni and Cu. The deep-sea sediments are likely to be a rare metalresource of which type is a low-grade and large tonnage deposit.nodules, Co-rich crusts, seafloor massive sulfides and deep seabed sediments. Total rare earth oxide (TREO) contents in polymetallic nodules range from 0.037 to 0.302 REO % with mean value of 0.12 REO %. Co rich crusts show as high grades as polymetallic nodules (0.013 to 0.387 REO %, average = 0.18 REO %). Other rare metals such like Te and Pt are enriched elements in Co-rich crusts, displaying enrichment factors (EF) of 10,800
and 150, respectively. Se as well as In are highly enriched elements in seafloor massive sulfides (EF=1,300 and EF=110, respectively), whereas REE’s contents are very low. TREO contents in REE-bearing sediments, which is recently recognized as a possible REE resource, range from 0.024 to 0.115 %, showing little bit lower grade than polymetallic nodules and Co-rich crusts. The rare metals extracted from nodules and crusts will add economic values to conventional commodities such as Co, Ni and Cu. The deep-sea sediments are likely to be a rare metalresource of which type is a low-grade and large tonnage deposit.
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/23436
Bibliographic Citation
2018 EGU, pp.1, 2018
Publisher
European
Type
Conference
Language
English
Publisher
European
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Research Interests

Deep seabed exploration,Geochemistry,심해저자원탐사,지화학

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