Brooke Jarvis’s article “The Deepest Dig” focuses on the unknowable consequences of toying with deep ocean seafloors and how deep sea mining is quickly becoming a new enterprise in spite of not truly knowing the risks. Jarvis unearths the heated opposing arguments for those who are either against deep-sea mining or supportive of this enterprise, and in doing so, she leaves the argument open for readers to dive into. Ultimately, the article extracts the unfamiliar and new to present a global issue, such as deep-sea mining, that is potentially beneficial to Earth, and/or potentially risky.
Jarvis’s discussion of humans scouring the sea for minerals that have been nearly used-up on Earth was extremely deep. At one point, Jarvis explains that “…as the most accessible land-based minerals are exhausted, those on the bottom of the sea are looking more like low-hanging fruit” (127). This point indicates the human tendency for excess and the desperate need for replenishment of these minerals that are decreasing on Earth due to our plentiful use.
After reading Jarvis’s article, what was one point concerning the potential dangers and/or benefits of deep-sea mining that was particularly profound to you? Please provide a page number citation.