Humans may have explored only 5 percent of the oceans’ mysteries in the world, but that small percent has uncovered much more than just interesting ecosystems and life. Areas of the seafloor are full of highly sought-after metals, including nickel, copper, cobalt and zinc. Companies like Pliant Energy Systems (PES) are developing robotics to help with further exploration and mining of these elements, which are needed for solar panels, smartphones and electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
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