Acoustic mapping using a multibeam echosounder reveals cold-water coral reefs and surrounding habitats

  title={Acoustic mapping using a multibeam echosounder reveals cold-water coral reefs and surrounding habitats},
  author={James M Roberts and Craig J. Brown and David Long and Carolyn Bates},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Multibeam surveys were carried out in four areas to the west of Scotland where the coral Lophelia pertusa had previously been recorded. Distinctive seabed mounds were found in one area; video images from the mounds showed coral reef formation, and grab samples recovered L. pertusa reef framework and rubble. Skeleton samples were dated to 3,800 years BP. Grab samples contained 123 species of fauna. The reef structures, termed the Mingulay Reef Complex, were identified as topographic mound-like… CONTINUE READING
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