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Dive 14: North Pioneer Ridge

Highlights from Dive 14 of the expedition, which was conducted on a ridge that extends northward from Pioneer Bank to determine whether ridge topography is suitable habitat for high-density communities of corals and sponges. The depth of this dive was closer to the oxygen minimum zone, so scientists were also interested in detecting any effects of a lower oxygen environment on the communities.

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana.

 

 

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