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(Mining)   Trillions of dollars in platinum waiting in the Earth's oceans, says asteroid miner   (mining.com) divider line 39
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2012-10-31 04:24:57 PM  
How does one extract trillions of dollars of platinum and have it be worth only millions?
TFA says there would be 300kg, so it's not as if the market has been flooded.
 
2012-10-31 05:21:59 PM  
Again, how many gps is one platinum coin cost?.
 
2012-10-31 05:57:49 PM  

WelldeadLink: How does one extract trillions of dollars of platinum and have it be worth only millions?
TFA says there would be 300kg, so it's not as if the market has been flooded.


There's trillions of dollars worth of platinum available, but the article says that only 300kg could be successfully extracted and used, which is why it would only be worth in the millions (300kg = 16 million dollars, roughly)

Either that or it's a poorly written article and I missed something.
 
2012-10-31 06:11:46 PM  

Ramien: WelldeadLink: How does one extract trillions of dollars of platinum and have it be worth only millions?
TFA says there would be 300kg, so it's not as if the market has been flooded.

There's trillions of dollars worth of platinum available, but the article says that only 300kg could be successfully extracted and used, which is why it would only be worth in the millions (300kg = 16 million dollars, roughly)

Either that or it's a poorly written article and I missed something.



"It would only take 7 million years to work through all the water on Earth (if we had a pump and processing plant that big). This will certainly introduce some other problems. So, lets be a little more reasonable and say we could process 1 millionth of the ocean (1.3E15 liters) in 7 years, with a processing plant with the flow rate of Niagra Falls (still quite a challenge).

We'd then have about 300 kg of Platinum, with a market value of around $16 Million.

Thankfully, in asteroids similar to LL chondrites and iron meteorites that have been studied here on Earth, the concentration of precious metals like Platinum is a BILLION times higher than the ocean.

Conclusion: While asteroid mining is a big task, its much more tractable than processing enormous amounts of seawater!"
 
2012-10-31 06:14:01 PM  
mining.com is the world's #1 source for mining news. heh
 
2012-10-31 06:32:54 PM  

CygnusDarius: Again, how many gps is one platinum coin cost?.


It used to be five but now it's ten. Inflation's a biatch.

/ blame Obamus, President of Undeath
 
2012-10-31 06:32:59 PM  
History had a show on last week about what the earth is worth so they were adding up all the gold,silver,platmium and other resources. One of the things they mentioned was how particles of gold are in ocean water and how much that would be. I fell asleep when they got into the trillions of dollars worth of resources.
 
2012-10-31 06:57:03 PM  
If he doesn't pay more attention to his asteroid mining he's gonna get can-flipped.
 
2012-10-31 07:03:57 PM  

ExpressPork: mining.com is the world's #1 source for mining news. heh


If you can't grow it, it has to be mined.
 
2012-10-31 07:05:53 PM  
Why the dumbass tag? The guy points out (correctly) that there's a shiatton of platinum dissolved in the oceans, and that it would take forever to extract it, and that even if you do extract it there would be a very limited return. I am confused...
 
2012-10-31 07:13:40 PM  
natgeodigitalsignage.com

/but gold is more highly concentrated
 
2012-10-31 07:23:15 PM  
Some guy is looking for a "sunken lend-lease payment from Russia" off the Mass coast. Supposed to be a bunch of platinum.

No dice.
 
2012-10-31 07:27:06 PM  

IvanTheSilent: Why the dumbass tag? The guy points out (correctly) that there's a shiatton of platinum dissolved in the oceans, and that it would take forever to extract it, and that even if you do extract it there would be a very limited return. I am confused...


Well, there isn't a meaningless tag, so I would say that dumbass is the best we can do.
 
2012-10-31 07:43:53 PM  

IvanTheSilent: Why the dumbass tag? The guy points out (correctly) that there's a shiatton of platinum dissolved in the oceans, and that it would take forever to extract it, and that even if you do extract it there would be a very limited return. I am confused...


This kind of thing (extracting metal from seawater) has been proposed before, usually for gold. It never pans (heh) out.
 
2012-10-31 08:06:18 PM  

Rapmaster2000: IvanTheSilent: Why the dumbass tag? The guy points out (correctly) that there's a shiatton of platinum dissolved in the oceans, and that it would take forever to extract it, and that even if you do extract it there would be a very limited return. I am confused...

Well, there isn't a meaningless tag, so I would say that dumbass is the best we can do.


It isn't meaningless when people throw out "there's platinum in the ocean, we have no need to travel to asteroids to mine it!!" when he has meetings with potential investors.

There are a lot of other minerals we can get from asteroids. Nickel is the biggest, most immediately useful material (We can get that by digging deep into the earth, but it isn't practical,either). Iridium, in large quantities might be useful, too.
 
2012-10-31 08:12:53 PM  

IvanTheSilent: Why the dumbass tag? The guy points out (correctly) that there's a shiatton of platinum dissolved in the oceans, and that it would take forever to extract it, and that even if you do extract it there would be a very limited return. I am confused...


Then he goes on to say that concentrations of platinum are a billion times higher on certain asteroids than in the ocean. He works for a start-up space mining company. The dumbass tag is for his implied false dichotomy. The most obvious unmentioned option is that we neither mine asteroids nor extract from seawater, but just continue to mine platinum like we always have - out of holes in the ground.
 
2012-10-31 08:35:48 PM  
I'm a sun miner.. Do you know there is 14 sextillion dollars worth of platinum in the sun?

I have a simple plan to get this Platinum..... we can go at night.
 
2012-10-31 09:43:42 PM  
1) figure out way to mine ocean and/or asteroid.
2) flood market with metal
3) lose your shirt as prices plunge.

/unless you are a cartel like DeBeers
 
2012-10-31 10:37:55 PM  
The metal in asteroids is worth more in orbit.

If there's metal really floating around in these miniscule portions then you should be able to find a good ore in the first evaporation ponds at the sea-salt flats.
 
2012-10-31 10:42:51 PM  
This story... sucks. 😎
 
2012-10-31 11:25:47 PM  
Will the crew get resupplied before oxygen runs out? Is Dakota Fred's chest pregnant with that face-hugger's child?

Find out next time GOLD RUSH: Kuiper!
 
2012-10-31 11:37:39 PM  

mrlewish: I'm a sun miner.. Do you know there is 14 sextillion dollars worth of platinum in the sun?

I have a simple plan to get this Platinum..... we can go at night.


Brilliant!
 
2012-11-01 01:19:58 AM  
It's only worth trillions so long as it's down there and you quote the spot price for processed platinum. Drop all that on the market and see what it's worth then.
 
2012-11-01 01:26:37 AM  
Riiight and there's trillions of dollars of money in the trees, we just have to chop them down and print bills on the paper.

There's also quadrillions of potential money inside computers, just need to generate the numbers. (Funny enough this is what banks can do and that's why they pretty much run shiat now.)
 
2012-11-01 02:22:19 AM  
The thing is, if we want to be out there, we NEED infrastructure first. We need habitats. We need storage depots. We need maintenance facilities for craft. We need manufacturing facilities to make parts and to create facilities on site. We need processing facilities. We need to refine ore. We need to find water, for both drinking and for oxygen liberation. Asteroid mining means a huge undertaking, to create a chain of facilities so that the work can be done safely, and collected safely. It will be worth it, in the end, both the tech that will come from the effort, the resources, but also in just getting free of well. But let's not pretend that it will be easy.

One of my favorite authors is Allan Steele. Working class science fiction, with several nods to Heinlein in his bio, but what I like about him, is that he takes a look at what the reality will be for such miners. Long hours, boredom, not a grand adventure, but work, much like any other industrial project in remote areas. It will take a special breed of crazy. Not strong jawed heroes, but guys who will stink to high heavens, who will put up with shortages and long hours, and boredom, and more. And, yeah, they'll probably be unionized. We will know we have reached the final frontier proper when those miners finally go on strike...
 
2012-11-01 05:31:15 AM  
How many hundreds of trillions would it cost to extract it all?
 
2012-11-01 05:31:53 AM  

hubiestubert: The thing is, if we want to be out there, we NEED infrastructure first. We need habitats. We need storage depots. We need maintenance facilities for craft. We need manufacturing facilities to make parts and to create facilities on site. We need processing facilities. We need to refine ore. We need to find water, for both drinking and for oxygen liberation. Asteroid mining means a huge undertaking, to create a chain of facilities so that the work can be done safely, and collected safely. It will be worth it, in the end, both the tech that will come from the effort, the resources, but also in just getting free of well. But let's not pretend that it will be easy.

One of my favorite authors is Allan Steele. Working class science fiction, with several nods to Heinlein in his bio, but what I like about him, is that he takes a look at what the reality will be for such miners. Long hours, boredom, not a grand adventure, but work, much like any other industrial project in remote areas. It will take a special breed of crazy. Not strong jawed heroes, but guys who will stink to high heavens, who will put up with shortages and long hours, and boredom, and more. And, yeah, they'll probably be unionized. We will know we have reached the final frontier proper when those miners finally go on strike...


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/hot
 
2012-11-01 08:43:48 AM  

hubiestubert: It will be worth it, in the end, both the tech that will come from the effort, the resources, but also in just getting free of well. But let's not pretend that it will be easy.


Things worth doing are rarely easy.

I'm pragmatic. I see it as a means to an end, not an end in itself. Look at all of the things we'd need to mine asteroids - it's all just off-Earth habitat and manufacturing. Space mining is just the carrot that entices us to go and do it.

/besides "for the lulz", of course, which is kind of why we landed on the Moon
 
2012-11-01 09:13:20 AM  
Mining in space, eh?
I know just the guy.

www.fernbyfilms.com
 
2012-11-01 09:36:42 AM  
AFAIK, there's nothing outside of our gravity well that is economically worth bringing back to our gravity well, unless there's some vein of antimatter to mine.

The only reason to extract minerals in space is to use them in space. And at that point "market value" is meaningless because there isn't a space nutter commodities exchange yet. I'd set one up just for laughs but I think the SEC would have an issue with it.

/anyone with the proper licenses care to establish the SNCE?
 
2012-11-01 10:55:02 AM  
On the case..
bulk2.destructoid.com
/Quite an entertaining game.
 
2012-11-01 12:51:12 PM  
Fritz Haber is LOLing from Nazi hell right now.
 
2012-11-01 12:57:23 PM  
Well, technically there are trillions of dollars worth of salt in the ocean as well... And a trillions of dollars worth of water....

So the point of the artical is that the ocean is big?
 
2012-11-01 01:20:10 PM  

carterjw: Well, technically there are trillions of dollars worth of salt in the ocean as well... And a trillions of dollars worth of water....

So the point of the artical is that the ocean is big?


Screw that. Split the water with electrolysis and we have all the clean energy we will ever need! Plus, hey free oxygen (or, more likely, chlorine)

/trollface
 
2012-11-01 02:10:12 PM  

mrlewish: I'm a sun miner.. Do you know there is 14 sextillion dollars worth of platinum in the sun?

I have a simple plan to get this Platinum..... we can go at night.


That joke is so old it can vote....in Chicago.
 
2012-11-01 03:16:49 PM  
Basically, the idea goes that you set up a mining and refining operation, then you can build huge solar collectors to beam energy back to earth, with the end goal of moving most of the dirty industry space side. Basically the environmentalist wet dream. Plus, with all the robotics and automation needed to make it work, we could be well on our way to a more relaxed, star trek style life style. Plus, its the the kind of r&d, economic stimulant you'd need if say, you wanted to cut military spending without tanking the global economy.

The risk is that if something happened to the spaceside assets, you risk a total breakdown of civilization and a return to utter barbarism. Plus, anyone with a hidden industrial core could dominate the rebuilding from the shadows.

Scary stuff, but what with depletable resources and the gathering storm, is the current course of civilization any better?
 
2012-11-01 03:46:39 PM  
Sweet, so 7 million years worth of work siphoning the oceans and we can almost pay off the debt!
 
2012-11-01 04:23:29 PM  
Fark has a mining.com logo tag.
 
2012-11-01 08:06:28 PM  

genepool lifeboat: Mining in space, eh?
I know just the guy.

[www.fernbyfilms.com image 720x304]


I think you mean guys.
 
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