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Extensive deep coral reefs in Hawaii harbor unique species and high coral cover

(PeerJ) A team of sixteen researchers has completed a comprehensive investigation of deep coral-reef environments throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. The study, published in the open-access journal PeerJ, spanned more than two decades and involved a combination of different technologies to investigate these difficult-to-reach environments. The researchers documented vast areas of 100 percent coral-cover at depths of 50-90 meters (165-300 feet) extending for tens of square kilometers, and found that the deep-reef habitats are home to many unique species.
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