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Still Waters

Coral garden discovered off Greenland coast

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Still Waters

Deep in the cold, dark water, on the seafloor west of Greenland, a quiet ecosystem thrives. For the first time, a garden of soft corals and sponges has been found in these waters, sprawling across an area a little bigger than the City of San Jose.

The discovery highlights not only how little we understand the deeper regions of the ocean, but how much damage we could be doing while unaware. The newly discovered habitat sits right next to a deep-sea trawling area; scientists are calling for it to be classified as a vulnerable marine ecosystem.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-vast-garden-of-soft-corals-has-been-found-off-the-coast-of-greenland

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.00460/full

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Tatetopa

I went diving on what was said to be the Northernmost hard coral reef in the Americas.   It was 100 miles off the coast of Texas on a salt dome in fairly deep water.  The water was a lot clearer than in Florida, but the reef was quite small.  The top of the salt dome was only a mile or so in diameter.  All of the hard corals you would expect, but a reduced number of reef fish.  Soft coral can grow in a lot deeper water I think.

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