Cold-water coral mounds revealed

Trevor Williams, Akihiro Kano, Timothy Ferdelman, Jean Pierre Henriet, Kohei Abe, Miriam S. Andres, Morten Bjerager, Emily L. Browning, Barry A. Cragg, Ben De Mol, Boris Dorschel, Anneleen Foubert, Tracy D. Frank, Yuji Fuwa, Philippe Gaillot, Jamshid J. Gharib, Jay M. Gregg, Veerle Ann Ida Huvenne, Philippe Léonide, Xianghui LiKai Mangelsdorf, Akiko Tanaka, Xavier Monteys, Ivana Novosel, Saburo Sakai, Vladimir A. Samarkin, Keiichi Sasaki, Arthur J. Spivack, Chizuru Takashima, Jürgen Titschack

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The discovery of mounds and reefs hosting cold-water coral ecosystems along the northeastern Atlantic continental margins has propelled a vigorous effort over the past decade to study the distribution of the mounds, surface sediments, the ecosystems they host, and their environments [Hovland et al., 1994; Freiwald and Roberts, 2005].This effort has involved swath bathymetry, remotely operated vehicle deployments, shallow coring, and seismic surveys.

Global coverage is difficult to gauge, but studies indicate that cold-water corals may cover as large an area as the better known warm-water corals that form shallow reefs (284,300 square kilometers) [Freiwald et al., 2005]. Cold-water corals occur in a variety of forms and settings, from small isolated colonies or patch reefs to giant mound structures such as those found west of Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-536
Number of pages5
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

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  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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