Surface of Seabed Manganese Nodule from South Korea
There are trillions of potato-sized metal nodules on the floor of the ocean around the world.
Some of these nodules are being explored for economic potential. A major vote by a UN body on the commercial exploitation of these minerals is planned in October 2020 (postponed from July 2020).
However, the formation of these metallic nodules is radically different from the processes used to create such metals on land i.e., they are biological in origin rather the geological.
This has profound implications for what the true value of life around these metallic nodules could be.