These craters mark the formation of brine pools, from which salt has seeped through the seafloor and encrusted the nearby substrate.

These craters mark the formation of brine pools, from which salt has seeped through the seafloor and encrusted the nearby substrate. Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEMRE.

 

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