Why the U.S. is missing out on the race to mine trillions of dollars worth of metals from the ocean floor

November 25, 2019

The nodules were discovered more than a century ago. Now new technology has triggered a fierce competition to go get them. These metals are critical for modern life: cell phones, electric cars, and supercomputers. Nineteen countries, including China and Russia, have already jumped into the deep. But the one country on the sidelines? The United States.