JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EJ] Oral

B (Biogeosciences) » B-PT Paleontology

[B-PT05] [EJ] Decoding the history of Earth: From Hadean to Modern

Wed. May 24, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 201B (International Conference Hall 2F)

convener:Tsuyoshi Komiya(Department of Earth Science & Astronomy Graduate School of Arts and Sciences The University of Tokyo), Yasuhiro Kato(Department of Systems Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo), Katsuhiko Suzuki(Research and Development Center for Submarine Resources, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Chairperson:Tsuyoshi Komiya(Department of Earth Science & Astronomy Graduate School of Arts and Sciences The University of Tokyo)

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

[BPT05-19] The latest research on REY-rich mud in the Pacific Ocean

*Yasuhiro Kato1,2,3, Kentaro Nakamura1, Koichiro Fujinaga2,1, Kazutaka Yasukawa1,2, Yutaro Takaya4,1, Junichiro Ohta3,1, Erika Tanaka1, Kazuhide Mimura1, Koichi Iijima3,1, Shiki Machida3,1, Tatsuo Nozaki3,1,5, Jun-Ichi Kimura3, Hikaru Iwamori3,6 (1.School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2.ORCeNG, Chiba Institute of Technology, 3.JAMSTEC, 4.School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University, 5.Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, 6.School of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Keywords:deep-sea mineral resource, REY-rich mud, Minamitorishima Island, western North Pacific, South Pacific

Deep-sea mud enriched in rare-earth elements and yttrium (REY), termed as REY-rich mud, has been expected as a novel mineral resource for the critical elements. A recent discovery of the extremely REY-rich mud with the maximum total REY content of ~8,000 ppm in the Japanese Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Minamitorishima Island makes it realistic to economically develop the highly promising deep-sea mineral resource.
In the presentation, we report the progress of our researches on the REY-rich mud within the Minamitorishima EEZ towards the world’s first development of deep-sea mineral resources. Moreover, we also introduce our latest findings including the basin-wide spatial distribution of the muds with a high resource potential and various genetic components identified in the western North and central to eastern South Pacific REY-rich muds. Our accumulation and integration of the scientific knowledge about deep-sea sediments including REY-rich mud strongly suggest an intrinsic linkage between the formation of deep-sea mineral resources and Earth system dynamics such as climate change, geochemical cycles, and plate tectonics, which can offer new insights into resource geology, oceanography, paleoclimatology, and solid earth science.