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Joint Expedition Discovers Deep-Sea Biodiversity, New Volcanoes

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Science  10 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5997, pp. 1270-1271
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5997.1270-a

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The shallow water reefs of the Coral Triangle, which stretches across Indonesia and north through the Philippines, host the world's greatest diversity of corals, fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and marine plant species. Now preliminary results from a joint Indonesian–U.S. marine survey indicate that the biodiversity runs deep. A remotely operated vehicle has captured stunning images of massive corals, as well as unusual crustaceans and fish living at depths never before surveyed, thousands of meters below the surface. And mapping of that sea floor has turned up a huge, previously unknown volcano.