World ocean as the last reserve of mankind

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Analysis of mineral resources base located in offshore zone and ocean space is an important aspect of development of industrial and economic potential. The issues of control over the Earth’s mineral resources as one of the most important components of geopolitical leadership are considered. It is shown that mineral resources of shelf zone, continental slope, and ocean floor are of the greatest interest from the viewpoint of possible commercial development. Data on the major oil and natural gas fields, deep-sea deposits of polymetallic sulfides, ferromanganese nodules, and cobalt-manganese crusts are analyzed. The mechanisms of state management in the field of using the resources of World Ocean and developing marine mining industry in Russia are substantiated.

About the Authors

A. S. Kashirsky
NP "Miners of Russia"
Russian Federation


125009, Moscow, Degtyarny pereulok, 9

Y. V. Kirichenko
The National University of Science and Technology MISiS
Russian Federation

Dr. Sci. (Tech.).  Professor of the department of geology.

119991, Moscow, Leninsky Prospect, 4


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For citation: Kashirsky A.S., Kirichenko Y.V. World ocean as the last reserve of mankind. Gornye nauki i tekhnologii = Mining Science and Technology (Russia). 2017;(1):67-76.

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