Manganese Nodules on the Sea Floor: Inverse Correlation Between Grade and Abundance

Science  03 Mar 1978:
Vol. 199, Issue 4332, pp. 969-971
DOI: 10.1126/science.199.4332.969


The grade of copper and nickel in manganese nodules is negatively correlated with their abundance on the sea floor, within small regions and in the Pacific Ocean as a whole. Although the correlation tells nothing about estimates of commercially mineable reserves at particular sites, it contradicts an assumption on which many predictions with respect to manganese nodule resources are based.