Coral reefs are an amazingly effective first line of defense for coastal communities.
The amazing diversity of sea anemone, stationary animals that typically live on the seafloor or coral reefs and are related to corals and jellyfish, comes to light in stunning images.
Google street view has added an image of whale sharks and an underwater museum to a set of undersea images of the planet.
Corals rely on the photosynthesis of algae for oxygen. To make sure algae get the light they need, coral tissue traps and redistributes sunlight.
In the clear waters off the coast of Peru, researchers have found a stunning new red coral species that was not previously described by scientists.
Winning photographs, illustration and video from the 2013 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, including cosmic interactions, coral whirlpools and more.
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