Date of Award

Spring 5-1981

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Philip S. Gillette

Committee Member

Leonard R. Hardy

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45 F58


Whether or not the United States may someday face a mineral shortage, the need for a coherent, unified minerals policy is critical to national objectives and national security. Deep-sea mining may be the answer to American (and world) mineral needs in the twenty-first century. However, there are numerous problems which must be dealt with and resolved in the near future, in order to enable the U.S. (and the world community) to take advantage of vast undersea resources. Deep-sea mining requires the development of technology, tremendous capital investments, and years of labor before production can begin. U.S. policy makers must decide soon whether to pursue an international, regional, or solitary approach to deep-sea mining. The conc1usion of this paper is that it is in the best interest of the United States to ratify a U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty, which would also yield more benefits and harmony to the world community.


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