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Ancient climate secrets raised from ocean depths

CSIRO Media Release – 1 February 2008
Ref 08/15
Deep-sea soft corals living at 2250m near the Tasman Fracture Zone Marine Reserve, approximately 350km south-west of Hobart. Launching the ABE from Southern Surveyor.

Image credit – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) ABE team


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ABE descending. Fossil corals collected at the Sisters Seamount, Huon Marine Reserve, at a depth of 1450 m. The large coral in the centre is a fossil of Desmophyllum dianthus, a solitary species. It is growing on a fossil specimen of the reef building coral Solenosmilia variabilis.

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The reef community at 2250 m depth in the Tasman Fracture Zone Marine Reserve. The large organism in the foreground is a gorgonian coral, while the smaller organisms attached to the rock around it are gorgonshead corals and deep-sea stalked barnacles. In the background can be seen a glass sponge (the object growing out on a stalk). The deep reef at 2670 m in the Tasman Fracture Zone Marine Reserve. Gorgonians can be seen growing out along the deep near0vertical cliff, while a rattail fish swims above the reef. These are among the deepest photographs ever taken in Australian seas.

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