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Basket star - Image courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM

Seamounts of Anegada Passage 2014

Dr. Amanda Demopoulos (USGS-SESC) and Dr. Jason Chaytor (WHCMSC) are co-chief scientists on a research cruise investigating seamounts and surrounding environments in the Eastern Caribbean near the British Virgin Islands. They will sail aboard the E/V Nautilus from September 3rd through the 14th and will be joined by fellow USGS and academic scientists, Brian Andrews (WHCMSC) and Shannon Hoy (USGS CNTS-WHCMSC), Dr. Jill Bourque (USGS CNTS-SESC) and Jennie McClain-Counts (USGS-SESC), and Dr. Erik Cordes (Temple University). Drs. Uri ten Brink (WHCMSC), Nancy Prouty (PCMSC) and Cheryl Morrison (LSC) will be participating via telepresence from shore. The primary objectives include characterizing the geology, geomorphology, and ecology of the seamounts, including deep-sea coral habitats and associated communities. Follow the expedition in real-time, and interact with scientists and educators on board online at This expedition builds upon the 2013 research cruise, which is featured in Sound Waves ( In 2013, Demopoulos, Chaytor, Andrews, and ten Brink embarked on the E/V Nautilus to explore geological hazards around Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


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Boulder brain corals, for example, were found in abundance under the mangroves and were healthy, while many of those in unshaded areas a short distance away were bleaching. Photo Credit: Caroline Rogers, USGS

Mangroves Protecting Corals from Climate Change

Certain types of corals, invertebrates of the sea that have been on Earth for million of years, appear to have found a way to survive some of their most destructive threats by attaching to and growing under mangrove roots.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and Eckerd College recently published research on a newly discovered refuge for reef-building corals in mangrove habitats of the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than 30 species of reef corals were found growing in Hurricane Hole, a mangrove habitat within the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument in St. John. arrow iconRead More


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