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Deep-sea coral garden estimated at 1,000 years old Photo

Deep-sea coral garden estimated at 1,000 years old

During the recent NOAA expedition aboard the Okeanos, the scientific team discovered a hidden coral bed of bamboo coral 7,500 feet beneath the surface. The 23-day expedition was aboard the only federally funded vessel devoted entirely to oceanic research. NOAA estimates that the coral structures are up to 1,000 years old.

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A diver’s POV of diving the GOM Dead Zone Photo

A diver’s POV of diving the GOM Dead Zone

There is a Dead Zone that has been occurring along the Texas and Louisiana coastline’s during the summer months since researchers started measuring it in 1985. This August, assistant professor Cameron Thrash carried a GoPro while he dove the dead zone 60 feet below the surface approximately 30 miles south of Cocodrie. A dead zone is where bacteria has depleted the water of oxygen and life fails to thrive.

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