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Colors of Coral

Colors of Coral

Viewed in polarized light, this thin section of the skeleton of a Pacific reef-building coral, Acropora gemmifera, looks more like…

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Searching for Clues in Coral

Searching for Clues in Coral

Research Specialist Anne Cohen and Summer Student Fellow Nicholas Jachowski study CT scans of coral in the new scanning laboratory…

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A Hand of a Different Sort

A Hand of a Different Sort

A pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindrus, resembling a human hand photographed in Honduras. The coral provides clues to past climate changes.…

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View from Below

View from Below

The autonomous underwater vehicle REMUS is released in Belize during a pilot study of the effect of ocean currents on…

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Colossal Coral

Colossal Coral

A large deep sea coral sample, used in climate change studies, is cut at Fletcher Granite’s Chelmsford Quarry in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.(Photo…

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Coring for Clues

Coring for Clues

A diver collects a sample from a coral in Honduras for climate studies.The coring does not harm the colony, which continues to…

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Culturing Coral

Culturing Coral

MIT/WHOI Joint Program student Michael Holcomb checks on corals he is growing in the lab to test the low temperature…

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Seafloor Garden

Seafloor Garden

DSV Alvin’s manipulator collects a sample of coral during dive 3904 to the Kelvin Seamount off New England in July…

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Lullaby for Larvae

Lullaby for Larvae

Like many babies, these tiny offspring arrived this spring amid much fanfare and a little trepidation. Never before had scientists…

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