Seabed mining law in turmoil
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 64, Issue 11, page 105, 15 March 1983
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1983), Seabed mining law in turmoil, Eos Trans. AGU, 64(11), 105–105, doi:10.1029/EO064i011p00105-03.(
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When it was realized last December that the United States would not sign the United Nations (U.N.) Law of the Sea Convention, it was suspected that the issue of deep seabed mining was a preeminent factor. According to a recent discussion by members of the Marine Resources Project of the University of Manchester, U.K. (New Sci., January 1983), the thinking of many national delegations was focused on the aspects of ocean-floor nodule mining. The United States would rather make less sweeping agreements, limited to those countries that already have deep-sea mining investments. Such an agreement has been made on an interim basis between the United States, France, West Germany, and the United Kingdom. Third World nations, on the other hand, have a vested interest in having the convention signed, because they would share in the profits.