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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1351

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USGS Cold-Water Coral Geographic Database—Gulf of Mexico and Western North Atlantic Ocean, Version 1.0

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By Kathryn M. Scanlon1, Rhian G. Waller2,3, Alexander R. Sirotek1,4, Julia M. Knisel1,5, John J. O'Malley1 and Stian Alesandrini1,6

photograph of deep water coral

Large white octocorals and smaller pinkish hydrocorals crown the top of a carbonate pinnacle near the shelf edge in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Small black scleractinian corals of the genus Cladopsammia can be seen in the foreground. Photo taken by an ROV operated by Lance Horn (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Undersea Research Program) during a cruise of the R/V Liberty Star in 2005 (Scanlon, unpublished data).

1 U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
2 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
3 Present address: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
4 Present address: CDM, Boston, MA
5 Present address: Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, Boston, MA
6 Present address: Raytheon Corporation, Denver, CO

U.S. Department of the Interior
KEN SALAZAR, Secretary

U.S. Geological Survey
Marcia K. McNutt, Director

U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia: 2010


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Scanlon, K.M., Waller, R.G., Sirotek, A.R., Knisel, J.M., O’Malley, J.J., and Alesandrini, Stian, 2010, USGS cold-water coral geographic database—Gulf of Mexico and western North Atlantic Ocean, version 1.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1351, CD-ROM. (Also available at

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