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Remia A., Taviani M. Shallow-buried Pleistocene Madrepora-dominated coral mounds on a muddy continental slope, Tuscan Archipelago, NE Tyrrhenian Sea. In: Facies, vol. 50 (40271) pp. 419 - 425. Springer, 2005.
 
 
Abstract
(English)
Subfossil azoxanthellate deep-sea coral mounds occur at 355-410, m on the continental slope of the NE Tyrrhenian Sea between Gorgona and Capraia islands, Tuscan Archipelago. These low-relief patch reefs are at present buried by a thin muddy drape. Their age is latest Pleistocene. The colonial scleractinian Madrepora oculata is the major frame builder, in association with the solitary coral Desmophyllum dianthus and the colonial coral Lophelia pertusa. These NE Tyrrhenian Madrepora-dominated coral mounds represent one of the few known Mediterranean examples of deep-coral colonization of a muddy, low-gradient continental slope.
DOI: 10.1007/s10347-004-0029-2
Subject Deep coral mound
Mediterranean Sea
Pleistocene
Madrepora


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