Deep sea mining could destroy underwater Lost City, scientists warn
Tehran (KNA) - One of the world's most important sites of scientific interest has been officially designated as part of a mining exploration zone, Sky News can reveal.
Scientists believe life on earth may have begun in deep sea vents such as the ones discovered in the Lost City, an area deep on the sea floor in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The hydro-thermal vent system in which warm alkaline waters from the rocks react with seawater and create hydrocarbons - the building blocks of life - is the only such formation yet discovered in the world.
But the International Seabed Authority - a UN organisation charged with managing the use of the seabed in the high seas - has now allotted the Lost City, along with 10,000 sq km of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, to Poland to explore for mining.