It is believed there is over $150 trillion worth of gold in the seabed. That is 10 times the entire US GDP of $15.09 trillion.
There are four kilograms of gold hidden in the seabed for every person on the planet. That's US$180,665 worth of gold per person.
Two types of mineral deposits are garnering the most interest from deep sea mining studies: sea-floor massive sulphide deposits and polymetallic nodules.
This new infographic from 911metallurgist shows the pros and cons of deep sea mining (including the economic benefits and the environmental impacts) and whether it is worth the risk.
Ocean Floor Mining [Infographic] � By the team at 911 Metallurgist