Metals in the deep ocean
The deep ocean is the least well know part of Norway. Mapping at several thousand metres water depth is technically and economically demanding, and so far, economic interests for pursuing such activities have been lacking. Internationally, there are several ongoing initiatives related to deep sea mining - these include participation from several Norwegian institutions. Geological mapping of Norwegian offshore areas, including the mid-ocean ridges and the deep ocean, forms a natural part of NGUs resource mapping and seabed mapping activities (www.mareano.no).