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The ocean floor teems with mineral treasures, but extracting them could jeopardize an unexplored alien world.

People have been clawing valuable minerals like iron and gold out of the ground for millennia. And for much of the stuff that touches our lives today—from the europium, terbium and yttrium that help illuminate the screen you are reading to the copper in the wires that power it—we increasingly depend on elements from the depths of the Earth.

But finding new deposits gets harder every year and mines are steadily growing larger, more expensive and more environmentally destructive. On land, that is.

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