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The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab Conservation Lecture
January 14, 2016
Submarine Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss
A Presentation by Scientist Dr. Sandra Brooke
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at 7 pm
Reception follows the presentation
Imagine the Grand Canyon thousands of feet underwater at the edge of the continental shelf, and you would have a good idea of what a submarine canyon looks like. These rugged deep sea habitats are dark, turbid and cold with strong currents that scour away sediments to expose the underlying rocks. Despite their inhospitable conditions, they are home to vibrant communities of deep sea corals and their associates, including some important fisheries species. This video showcases the colorful and complex world of deep sea canyon animals, including coral trees that are 15 feet tall and massive beds of mussels that live on methane gas seeping out of the seafloor.