Public Lecture: Seafloor Mineral Resources



The ISE is organising a public lecture titled ” Seafloor Mineral Resources” on 4th December

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About the talk

The lecture will discuss the main characteristics, types, mode of formation, occurrence and economic value of the major seafloor mineral resources. It will comment on the mineral potential of the continental margins and formation of marine placers, on the formation and possible mining of the polymetallic Mn-nodules at the abyssal plains, on the deposition of Co-rich Fe-Mn-crusts at the seamounts, and on the spectacular polymetallic hydrothermal sulphides precipitated at mid-ocean ridges, back-arc basins and volcanic arcs. The lecture is designed for students, researchers but also for non-professionals.

About the speaker

Vesselin Dekov graduated the University of Mining and Geology in Sofia (Bulgaria) and got his PhD in the Institute of Oceanography, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). He was a post-doc at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and University of Kiel (Germany). He worked on different projects funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (University of Kiel, and GEOMAR; Germany), Royal Society (Natural History Museum, London, UK), European Commission (Natural History Museum, London, UK; Natural History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden), NATO-CNR (Institute of Marine Geology, Bologna, Italy), and Mary Sears (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA). Vesselin Dekov was an Associate Professor at the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) from 1992 to 2011. He worked as a researcher in IFREMER (Brest, France) from 2011 to 2016 and joined the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology as Full Professor in 2016. Main focus of his research is on the seafloor mineral resources.