Scientists have discovered thousands of new species living in a mineral-rich region of the Pacific deep sea that is poised to be extensively mined for resources in the coming years, posing a threat to these vibrant and largely unexplored ecosystems, reports a new study. 
The Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), an underwater plain that spans 3,000 miles between Hawaii and Mexico, has become the world's largest mineral exploration region because it contains valuable metals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, iron, manganese, and rare earth elements. Located roughly three miles under the ocean surface, the CCZ is also one of the most pristine habitats in the global seas and is home to carnivorous sponges that look like light fixtures, spiny urchins, scaly worms, banana-like sea cucumbers, and countless creatures that are found nowhere else on Earth.

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Scientists Discover 5,000 New Species Of Life On Ocean Floor Where Strip Mining for EV Minerals Is Planned

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