Hotspots of Biodiversity
Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. Download (mp4, 76.5 MB)

Deep-sea corals and sponges provide habitat for other organisms to live on, creating oases of life. During missions such as the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition, scientists are able to survey areas that have never been seen before, gaining glimpses into potential "hotspots of diversity." Information about these habitats can in turn help resource managers better manage and protect our ocean resources.

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