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Carbonate Rocks Flyover
Video courtesy of Oregon State University, NOAA OER, NOAA OCNMS, Ocean Exploration Trust, NA-121. Download larger version (mp4, 46.6 MB).

Carbonate rocks, created as a byproduct of methane being eaten by microbes, provide a home for many animals from octopods to mushroom corals. You can also see in the fissures between the rock the expansive microbial mats and clam beds; this fauna is living on a shallow dusting of mud overlying even more carbonate rock.

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