01 May 1998
Vol 280, Issue 5364

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A specimen of the deep-sea coral Desmophyllum cristagalli Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848. This 6.7-centimeter-high individual is from the collections at the Smithsonian Institution and was recovered in 1964 by the Eltanin from a depth of 550 meters in the southern Pacific Ocean. Coupled uranium series and radiocarbon ages from deep-sea corals provide information about the rate of ocean circulation and the timing of rapid climate change. See 725 and the News story on 679. [Photo: Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution]