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Within Community Comparisons of Lophelia Pertusa along the Norhtern Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope

Title: Within Community Comparisons of Lophelia Pertusa along the Norhtern Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope.
Name(s): Desanti, Brian Alan, II, author
MacDonald, Ian, professor directing thesis
Baco-Taylor, Amy, committee member
Chanton, Jeff, committee member
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Abstract Photographic transects were taken in 2009 and 2010 on the VK826, VK906 and GB535 lease blocks to quantify the amount of the seafloor covered by living or dead colonies of the deep-sea coral L. pertusa, as well as species composition of associated fauna. Carbonate coral skeletons were collected from the same reefs and were analyzed for δ13C, δ18O and ∆14C. The photographic evidence shows the VK826 reef had a total coral cover area of 1289 m2 with 33±19.2% live coral cover in areas that had coral in 2009. In 2010 the total coral coverage was 280 m2 with 31±13.5% live coral cover. VK906 had 53 m2 of total coral coverage area showing 22±26.0% live coral cover in areas containing coral in 2010, while GB535 showed no corals in the photographic evidence in 2010. The carbonate substrates at these sites havr formed due to natural hydrocarbon seepage, which is ongoing in localized areas. The dissolved methane water samples show small amounts of CH4 in the water above the reefs. The values of δ13C (-6.5 /-0.5 /) and δ18O (0.8 /-3.7 /) measured in the coral skeletons were consistent with the previously reported values for L. pertusa from the Gulf of Mexico. The δ13C skeleton values show evidence of an environmental gradient among these coral communities. ∆14C showed growth rates (Linear extension rates) of 4 to 15mm yr-1 and ages of 90 to 440 ybp.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-5341 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: September 12, 2012.
Keywords: Accumulation rates, Deep-sea corals, Gulf of Mexico, Lophelia pertusa
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Ian MacDonald, Professor Directing Thesis; Amy Baco-Taylor, Committee Member; Jeff Chanton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Earth sciences
Atmospheric sciences
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