In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of empirical research (the other two being description and explanation). The term is commonly used metaphorically. For example, an individual may speak of exploring the Internet, sexuality, etc.
Notable periods of human exploration
Phoenician galley sailings
The Phoenicians (1550 BCE–300 BCE) traded throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Asia Minor though many of their routes are still unknown today. The presence of tin in some Phoenician artifacts suggests that they may have traveled to Britain. Some scientists speculate that they voyaged all the way to Central America, although this is disputed. According to Virgil's Aeneid and other ancient sources, the legendary Queen Dido was a Phoenician from Asia Minor who sailed to North Africa and founded the city of Carthage.
Mineral exploration is the process of finding ores (commercially viable concentrations of minerals) to mine. Mineral exploration is a much more intensive, organized and professional form of mineral prospecting and, though it frequently uses the services of prospecting, the process of mineral exploration on the whole is much more involved.
... on the seabed 2,060 meters under the sea on Wednesday ... As the world's only seabed drilling apparatus with a drilling capacity of more than 200 meters, it can help explore natural gas hydrate resources in the seabed.
The system can help explore natural gas hydrate resources in the seabed, Xinhua added, referring to the solid ice-like crystals formed from a mixture of methane and water that are touted as a promising source of energy ...China’s oil and gas exploration activities in the South China ...
The companies have joined the increasing chorus of concern about the significant risks to economies and to ocean health that would arise from opening up the deep seabed to extraction of minerals ... Since 2001, 30 exploration contracts for deep-seabed minerals have been approved, however commercial mining of the deep seabed has not yet taken place.
The system can help explore natural gas hydrate resources in the seabed, Xinhua added, referring to the solid ice-like crystals formed from a mixture of methane and water that are touted as a promising source of energy ...China's oil and gas exploration activities in the South China ...
LiquidStack does it. So does Submer ... Solutions under the sea ... The liquid cooling project shares most similarity with Microsoft’sProjectNatick, which is exploring the potential of underwater datacenters that are quick to deploy and can operate for years on the seabed sealed inside submarine-like tubes without any onsite maintenance by people ... .
The protest took place 900 nautical miles (1,036 miles) off Mexico’s western coast, in the ClarionClippertonZone (CCZ) – a huge swathe of seabed where potato-sized nodules rich in cobalt and other battery metals are abundant, and where DeepGreen has an exploration license.
UK Seabed Resources, a subsidiary of US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, with two licences to explore for minerals in the Pacific, said it was gathering the data needed to assess the "environmental soundness" of nodules ... in charge, the International Seabed Authority.
A recent world review in Science found “massive declines in the abundance of sound-producing animals” and impacts extending to fish and seabed creatures, seabirds and reptiles ... Naval active sonar is linked to exceptional cetacean strandings in sources of ocean noise explored by Jonas, the research project co-ordinated from UCC.
The call was supported by the environmental group World Wildlife Fund, which has campaigned against deep seabed mining ...Global Sea Mineral Resources, a company exploring deep seabed mining, said it didn’t support the moratorium but claimed environmental surveys are already required by the International Seabed Authority, which regulates the industry.
In backing the call, the companies commit not to source any minerals from the seabed, to exclude such minerals from their supply chains, and not to finance deep seabed mining activities, the WWF said in a statement ... “With much of the deep-sea ecosystem yet to be explored and understood, such activity would be recklessly short-sighted,” the WWF said.
Advocates of deep sea mining say polymetallic nodules found on the Pacific seabed are needed to make batteries for electric vehicles which will aid transition to de-carbonised economies ... The companies say alternatives to deep sea mining must be explored urgently, including recycling, reducing demand, and developing "responsible" land-based mining.
“Any vote against the exploration and research into this promising solution – for that is all that is currently underway – is ...The International Seabed Authority granted DeepGreen exploration rights in the Clarion-Clipperton zone of the northeast Pacific Ocean in 2011.
Yet regulations to support the emerging activity have yet to be agreed upon by the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The UN-backed body of 167 countries has already issued exploration contracts to 21 companies, but they cannot begin mining until regulation is passed.
... on seabed licence areas. Companies that hold exploration licences for swathes of the sea floor, including DeepGreen, GSR and UK Seabed Resources — a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin's UK-based arm — hope to eventually sell minerals from the seabed to carmakers and battery companies.
... on seabed licence areas. Companies that hold exploration licences for swathes of the sea floor, including DeepGreen, GSR and UK Seabed Resources - a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin's UK-based arm - hope to eventually sell minerals from the seabed to carmakers and battery companies.