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Image : Life and Death in the Deep Sea

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A red "bubbblegum" coral appeared to have lost tissue in places to expose its white skeleton underneath. The scientists meticulously sampled and documented the suspect site and returned a few weeks later with the submersible Alvin. (Photo courtesy of Lophelia II (NOAA/BOEMRE) and Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Last updated: April 11, 2011
 


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