The hidden cold-water coral communities of the Ormonde seamount (Gorringe Bank): a world to explore, a world to discover
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AuthorsGutiérrez-Zárate, C. (Cristina); Reñones, O. (Olga); Rivera, J. (Jesús); Carreiro-Silva, M. (Marina); Sampaio, Í. (Íris); Vélez-Belchí, P. (Pedro); Piñeiro, S. (Safo); Mosquera-Giménez, A. (Ángela); Movilla-Martín, J. (Juancho); Hermida, M. (Miriam); Bilan, M. (Meri); Henry, L.A. (Lea-Anne); Ramos, M. (Manuela); Taranto, G. (Gerald); López-Jurado, J.L. (José Luis); Reis, J. (Jesus); Jiménez-Aparicio, J.A. (Juan Antonio); Madureira, P. (Pedro); Gori, A. (Andrea); Orejas, C. (Covadonga)
In September-October 2016 the oceanographic cruise MEDWAVES was conducted (in the frame of the ATLAS project H2020), in order to follow the path of the Mediterranean Outflow Water (MOW) in the Atlantic from Cádiz to the Azores. MEDWAVES aimed to investigate the influence of the MOW in the community composition of benthic assemblages in several Atlantic geomorphological features. One of the targeted areas was the Ormonde seamount in the Atlantic Ocean, 160 nautical miles SW off Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. This seamount, together with the Gettysburg seamount, is part of a volcanic ridge named Gorringe that rises from 5,000 m to less than 80m depth, respectively representing the abyssal plain until the photic zone. Its panoply of marine life and environments increased the demand for conservation measures. Consequently, Gorringe bank is currently protected by the Habitats Directive and part of Natura 2000 network since 2015. Other protective measures include the intention to designate the ...
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