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Interview Coral

Shedding light on the deep, dark canyons of the Mid-Atlantic

WHOI biologist Tim Shank discusses the exploration of deep-sea canyons throughout the Mid-Atlantic Ocean and how ecosystems there can be managed sustainably in the face of climate change and increased human pressures.

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In 2018, researchers from WHOI and their collaborators from Haverford College collected oil samples from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill deposited on the shores of McClure Bay in Prince William Sound, Alaska. (Photo by Anna Michel, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
WHOI biologists Tim Shank and Taylor Heyl process coral samples to determine biodiversity in Atlantis Canyon, 100 miles from Woods Hole, Mass. (Photo by Ken Kostel, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
This purple gorgonian soft coral (Victogorgia) was discovered in 2017 during the first deep-water surveys of the central Pacific's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Kiribati. (Image acquired from the <em>ROV SuBastian</em>)
WHOI physical oceanographer Young-Oh Kwon relies on a combination of ocean data and climate models to understand the circulatory strength of the Atlantic Ocean’s conveyor belt.  (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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WHOI operators deploy the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry off the coast of Oregon at a site called "Pythias Oasis" on the Cascadia Margin during an expedition led by the University of Washington. (Photo by Michael Sessa, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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MIT-WHOI Joint Program student, Kalina Grabb, works with a portable measurement system, DISCO, to discern the levels of highly reactive chemical agents that exist in the water column, namely superoxides. (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
The R/V <em>Atlantis</em> rides out stormy seas in the North Atlantic during NASA's Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) cruise to study the processes associated with the world's largest phytoplankton bloom. This image was shot from the NASA C-130 aircraft during a storm at the end of the expedition. (Photo by John Hair, NASA)
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Icebergs move across the Southern Ocean by the Rothera Station in Antarctica. (Photo by Brian Guest, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Deltas along the north shore of Java, Indonesia, which have expanded in recent years following large-scale deforestation in the drainage basins. (Image courtesy of NASA/Landsat 2020)
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