The ocean in depth!
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Cold Water Corals
"Corals" are generally associated with the warm and shallow waters of the tropics but the world of corals extends much further. They are also found in the cold and dark depths of the ocean.
Cold Seeps and Methane Hydrates
Under certain pressure and temperature conditions gas molecules such as methane can crystallize with water molecules to an ice-like structure, so-called methane hydrates. At the MARUM institute in Bremen, scientists are working toward a better understanding of the role of methane hydrates for the deep-sea ecosystems, the global carbon cycle, and the stability of continental slopes. Methane hydrates have received special attention because the energy stored in them may be used by people in the future.