Lophelia reef on a rock outcropping (bioherm). The live corals are white and are found most dense on the south side of the bioherm, due to predominant currents. Most of the rock is covered in dead coral rubble that browns over time.

Lophelia reef on a rock outcropping (bioherm). The live corals are white and are found most dense on the south side of the bioherm, due to predominant currents. Most of the rock is covered in dead coral rubble that browns over time. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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