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News Release 17-059

Researchers make improbable discovery of deep-sea coral reefs in "hostile" Pacific Ocean depths

Scientists ask how it's possible that certain coral reefs are thriving in this location

What are these deep-sea reefs doing in the Pacific Ocean? Scientists are finding out.

What are these deep-sea reefs doing in the Pacific Ocean? Scientists are finding out.

Credit: Amy Baco-Taylor


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These areas were considered impossibly hostile to large communities of scleractinian corals.

These areas were considered impossibly hostile to large communities of scleractinian corals.

Credit: Amy Baco-Taylor


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The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry lowered from a research ship; it will explore deep reefs.

The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry lowered from a research ship; it will explore deep reefs.

Credit: Amy Baco-Taylor


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Marine scientist Amy Baco-Taylor next to a submersible in which she has conducted research.

Marine scientist Amy Baco-Taylor next to a submersible in which she has conducted research.

Credit: Florida State University


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Ropes from fishing gear entangled on the Southeast Hancock Seamount, where the research was done.

Ropes from fishing gear entangled on the Southeast Hancock Seamount, where the research was done.

Credit: Amy Baco-Taylor


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In the Pacific's depths, certain deep-sea corals seem to be withstanding ocean acidification.

In the Pacific's depths, certain deep-sea corals seem to be withstanding ocean acidification.

Credit: Amy Baco-Taylor


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