This image shows how much Lophelia corals first identified in 2003 grew since installation of the structure in 1994. Pictures such as these can be used to calculate the minimum growth rate required to get this big in nine years.

This image shows how much Lophelia corals first identified in 2003 grew since installation of the structure in 1994. Pictures such as these can be used to calculate the minimum growth rate required to get this big in nine years. Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM.

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