ABC News Online: Warfare’s next frontier might be the ocean floor — here’s why
The Earth’s resources have long been a trigger for armed conflict — be it over oil, water, or food.
But in the coming decades, conflicts over resources may increasingly take place under water, given the ocean floor’s potential for both resource mining and military surveillance.
Scattered across the seabed are compounds that contain rare earth elements — they’re the building blocks of our modern world, and are used to make smartphones, electric cars, advanced medicines and missiles, among a raft of other technologies.
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WNU Editor: Oceans make up 70% of the earth’s surface. It is only natural that military planners are going to be focused on how future conflicts may unfold on the ocean floor’s as its economic assets are developed.