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High concentrations of technologically critical elements occur throughout the global ocean basins where they are incorporated into thick crusts of ferromanganese oxide (otherwise known as Fe-Mn crusts). These crusts have attracted particularly interest because they are very rich in rare elements such as cobalt, tellurium and selenium. This project aims to establish a consortium of geological, biological and oceanographic researchers and industry specialists that will identify what processes control the formation, distribution, abundance and concentration of metal-rich crusts on the deep seafloor.  By bringing together a team of specialists, we will also address technical issues surrounding the exploration of these crusts and environmental issues related to their exploitation.

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Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and ISA Sign Exploration Contract

The International Seabed Authority and JOGMEC of Japan signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in Tokyo on 27‎ January 2014.‎   ...

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E-Tech Elements from Submarine Ferromanganese Crusts

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Wed 26 Feb 2014

Research Challenges workshop

Feb 26 / 09:00 until Feb 27 / 17:00

The workshop will bring together a multi disciplinary audience of geological, biological and...

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This SoS Minerals Catalyst project will identify what controls the formation, distribution, abundance and concentration of metal-rich crusts on the deep seafloor in order to assess the E-tech element potential of submarine ferromanganese crusts.