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Old 26 February 2018, 11:42 AM
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IMO, seems an exaggeration to suggest that spy operation "sparked the boom". Millions had already been invested before that and that investment nearly dried up only a few years after the sub fishing operation until the technology was nearly ready and the prices were nearly high enough to pay for actual mining. Then, two decades later, it finally started paying profits... I just don't buy it that the whole sub fishing thing (which, after all, was a successful ruse for only a few years) had a very notable influence.
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