Deepwater corals thrive at the bottom of the ocean, but can’t escape human impacts

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Sandra Brooke for The Conversation | 3 December 2018

When people think of coral reefs, they typically picture warm, clear waters with brightly colored corals and fishes. But other corals live in deep, dark, cold waters, often far from shore in remote locations. These varieties are just as ecologically important as their shallow water counterparts. They also are just as vulnerable to human activities like fishing and energy production.

Earlier this year I was part of a research expedition conducted by the Deep Search project, which is studying little-known deep-sea ecosystems off the southeast U.S. coast. We were exploring areas that had been mapped and surveyed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research ship Okeanos.

Read the full article here: Deepwater corals thrive at the bottom of the ocean, but can’t escape human impacts.