Evaluation on R&D progress for manganese nodule development and its prospects SCOPUS KCI

Title
Evaluation on R&D progress for manganese nodule development and its prospects
Author(s)
Park, S.-H.; Park, S.-W.; Kang, G.-M.
KIOST Author(s)
Park, Se Hun(박세헌)Park, Seong Wook(박성욱)Kang, Gil Mo(강길모)
Publication Year
2005
Abstract
The development of manganese nodule mining technology is very important in order to secure a long-term and stable supply of rare strategic metals. In the twenty years following the R&D activities with the international consortia in the 1970s, studies on mining technologies have been carried out by several national projects in Korea. The current metal prices such as copper, nickel, cobalt and manganese have been drastically changed since 2002. Rapid economic growth of Asian countries, especially China, have induced the situation. And the possibility of copper shortage is looming just around the corner. Because of the imbalance between production and consumption, copper is fundamentally the most threatened metal in the future in terms of potential metal shortage. Manganese nodules contain a considerable percentage of copper as the future metal resource. Therefore, it is necessary to concentrate our efforts on developing these resources. This paper introduces our evaluation of R&D progress for the development of manganese nodules. The issue and role of manganese nodules during the difficult period of a potential future metal shortage period is discussed and its prospect outlined. Also, this paper tried to emphasize the necessity of continuous R&D efforts for the commercial development of such mineral resources.
ISSN
1598-141X
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/5115
DOI
10.4217/OPR.2005.27.4.477
Bibliographic Citation
Ocean and Polar Research, v.27, no.4, pp.477 - 490, 2005
Publisher
Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute
Subject
manganese nodule; research and development; resource development; Asia; Eurasia; Far East; Korea
Keywords
Copper shortage; Manganese nodule; Metal price; Prospect; R&D
Type
Article
Language
Korean
Document Type
Article
Publisher
Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute
Related Researcher
Research Interests

Law of the Sea,Marine Policy,해양법,해양정책

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