[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n november 2015, a contract was signed between the Brazilian Geological Survey (CPRM) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for implementing the work plan for the exploration of cobalt crusts in the Rio Grande Rise region, an Area of the South Atlantic. The recent geological and environmental recognition of the Rio Grande Rise allowed Brazil to submit, in 2013, the first proposal for exploration of cobalt crusts in the Atlantic Ocean. This process, approved in 2014, highlighted the Brazilian scientific capacity to exercise such leadership. The approved Plan proposes geological and environmental studies at the Rio Grande Rise for the next 15 years, to conduct scientific exploration activity. The program is divided into three stages, each with 5 years duration. The signing of this contract will start the process set out in the Work Plan.
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