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Cold-water coral found growing off Greenland

A cold-water coral that thrives in deep, dark water has been found growing off the shore of Greenland as a reef for the first time, scientists report.A Canadian research ship sampling water near southwest Greenland's Cape Desolation discovered the Greenland coral reef in 2012, when its equipment came back to the surface with pieces of coral attached."At first, the researchers were swearing and cursing at the smashed equipment, and were just about to throw the pieces of coral back into the sea, when luckily, they realized what they were holding," Helle Jrgensbye, a doctoral student at the Technical University of Denmark who is studying the reef, said in a statement.Cold-water corals have been found off of Greenland's west coast before, but never the stone coral Lophelia pertusa , and never as a reef, according to a report by the researchers published in the journal ICES Insight.Scientists snapped pictures of the reef and collected coral samples on a return trip, also in 2012, led by the...

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