A SPECIALIST United Nations agency has admitted that unless careful precautions are taken, the future exploitation of mineral deposits on the bed of deep oceans could lead to the extinction of species, many of which have yet to be discovered.

Experts meeting at the Kingston, Jamaica, headquarters of the International Seabed Authority have pressed ahead with developing plans to investigate life in the deepest ocean basins on Earth and to examine whether mining their mineral riches could devastate species which live there.

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