Map displaying Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas platforms targeted for study during the expedition. These platforms, sitting vertically in the water column, provide a suitable structure for deepwater coral larvae to attach and grow.

Map displaying the locations of the actual Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas platforms visited during the expedition out of the possible nine sites originally targeted. These platforms, sitting vertically in the water column, provide a suitable structure for deepwater coral larvae to attach and grow. Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM.

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Lophelia II 2012: Mission Plan

Lophelia II 2012: Deepwater Platform Corals

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