Life on the Edge: Exploring Deep Ocean Habitats Cool Corals
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Students research the basic morphology of Lophelia corals and polyps to determine the significance of these organisms. They detail the reasons that biological communities are focusing on the Lophelia corals as major conservation efforts.
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