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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl8378

A cross-section view of Desmophyllum, revealing its internal structure. The life history of the cup corals collected will be studied extensively after the expedition. Large specimens, such as this, were cut in half with a diamond blade then subsampled for studies on cup coral genetics, nutrition, reproduction , age and growth. Their skeletons provide insight into past ocean conditions.

Image ID: expl8378, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Maryland, Baltimore Canyon
Photo Date: 2013 May 17
Credit: Deepwater Canyons 2013 -Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS

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