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Relationships between nodule genesis and topography in the eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone
 
Ryszrad Kotlinski
   

Identification of the most characteristic parameters is of critical importance for the geological model to be developed. This paper is aimed at highlighting, parameters and patterns typical of the eastern area of the Clarion-Clipperton region which are the most important in the author’s opinion. The results obtained demonstrate a certain specificity of the area, which is expressed in the basement age and structure, in the sedimentary cover development, in seafloor depth and topography, activity of the East Pacific Rise, level of the carbonate compensation depth (CCD), a high productivity and a relatively high sedimentation rate, the distribution of nodules as well as the conditions controlling their formation, and base metal contents. The nodule patterns identified show a high variability of properties, manifested both at the local level and in comparison with other areas of the region.

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