Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

An area in the Eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 20oN, 120oW to 5oN, 160oW bounded by the Clarion Fracture Zone to the north and the Clipperton Fracture Zone to the south. All of the potential polymetallic nodule exploration contracts that have been granted in the Pacific are in this region. Also called the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Abbreviated to CCFZ or CCZ.