Which among the following is the best place to find massive polymetallic sulphide deposits in the Oceans?

Answer: [B] Hydrothermal vents

Seabed is a vast repository of minerals, including the precious cobalt, zinc, manganese and rare earth materials that are needed for smart phones, laptops and hybrid cars. They are present in the three forms:

  • Polymetallic manganese nodules that remain strewn across the ocean floor
  • Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts that cover the seamounts
  • Massive polymetallic sulphide deposits around hydrothermal vents.

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