Ocean Mineral Resources Investigation and Research

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       SIO is one of the main institutes to do international seabed resource investigation. In December of 1985, SIO became the first institute to organize polymetallic nodule investigation in the Pacific Ocean. From then on, systematic and large-scale polymetallic resource investigations in our country started, which has also provided technological support for our country to obtain 75000 km2 polymetallic nodule contract zone, within which we have exclusive investigation right and priority for development.
       In 2005, SIO organized the first global ocean investigation in our country, which opened the door for our country to do further investigations for seabed hydrothermal sulfide resources. In 2007, SIO discovered hydrothermal field in southwest Indian Ocean, which was also the first time that hydrothermal field was discovered in the southwest Indian mid-ocean ridge and ultraslow-spreading ridge. This has provided technological support for our country to obtain a second international seabed contract zone where China has exclusive investigation right and priority for commercial mining.
       In 2009, during the 21st ocean voyage, researchers from SIO found a new hydrothermal field in the southernmost Atlantic mid-ocean ridge in the Atlantic Ocean .