Friday, July 14, 2017

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

07/14/2017 05:00 AM EDT

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

Scientists had long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to certain species of deep-sea corals, but a marine biologist's discovery of an odd chain of reefs suggests there are mysteries about the development and durability of coral colonies yet to be uncovered.

Scientist Amy Baco-Taylor of Florida State University (FSU), in collaboration with researchers from Texas A&M University, found the reefs during an autonomous underwater ...

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