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Deep-sea biology

Molecular phylogeny, taxonomy, and systematics of deep-sea corals

Evolution of marine invertebrates

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Remotely operated vehicle Deep DiscovererApril 27–May 19 2017:

Watch live streaming video of deep-sea exploration from Okeanos Explorer expeditions to the central Pacific Ocean (American Samoa to Hawai'i)

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

 Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.


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Images: Top right: whip-like bamboo corals, yellow stony corals, and black corals at 1718 meters depth on Manning Seamount. Above left: The ROV Hercules sampling Paragorgia octocorals on Manning Seamount. Above: A galatheid crab perched on a black coral colony on Corner Seamount at 1120 meters depth. The photo is a frame grab from an HD video camera mounted on the ROV Hercules. Images 1 & 2 copyright of the Mountains in the Sea Research Team; IFE; and NOAA; image 3 copyright of the Deep Sea Stepping Stones Research Team; IFE-URI; and NOAA.

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