Expanding boundaries of exploration

Nature Geoscience

The appetite for mining beyond the confines of the land does not end with the deep ocean: celestial bodies, too, have stirred commercial interest. The prospect of mining the ocean floors and bodies beyond Earth raises many ethical questions, not least those of ownership. And with no shortage of examples of mining gone horribly wrong, even on firm ground, it is hard to see how the higher risks of offshore and extra-terrestrial mining could possibly be controlled.

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Policy:Environmental Decision-Making, Environmental Ethics/Values, Geography:Human/Cultural, Environmental Science:Mineral Resources:Mining, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Geology:Environmental Geology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Special Interest: Sustainability, Ethics:Geoethics
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Minerals, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Ethics and Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Geology