Gigantic submarine cold-water coral mounds

International research team investigates coral reef off Mauretania

With a length of around 400 kilometers, the world’s largest contiguous cold-water coral structure stretches along the seafloor off the coast of Mauretania. Dr. Claudia Wienberg of MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen and her colleagues have studied how the cold-water corals off the Mauretanian coast have developed over the past 120,000 years. Their results have been published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)