Cool Corals Become Hot Topic

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Science  10 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5604, pp. 195
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5604.195

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Researchers probing the cold, dark waters of the deep ocean have found remarkably vibrant coral gardens whose size confounds conventional scientific wisdom. Next week, cool-coral experts from Europe, the United States, and Canada will gather in Ireland to begin crafting an international research plan. They also hope to strengthen efforts to protect deep-water corals from fishing practices that threaten to reduce some ancient reefs to rubble.