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Undersea Mountain Life

Undersea Mountain Life

 

Kaunana Seamount, NW Hawai'i (credit: NOAA)

 

Laura Robinson at Bristol University in the UK studies massive undersea mountains, or seamounts. Robinson documents the geochemical processes that govern climate on timelines that range from the present back through thousands of years. Using uranium isotopes and radiocarbon dating she analyzes ancient corals to discover how the ocean has changed over time.

 

                 Ancient seamount corals (credit: Laura Robinson/TED)

By studying the marine history embedded in ancient corals found there, Robinson gained clues to what happened to them over millennia of time. During a TED presentation she shared some of the mysterious creatures and corals that were discovered and how studies of undersea mountains may help understand future changes to the marine environment. WHB

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