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extent: [[-97.3624309531507,23.5438211020248],[-80.3361161425684,30.3816923837583]]
accessInformation: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), NOS, NOAA, Department of Commerce
thumbnail: thumbnail/thumbnail.png
typeKeywords: ["Data","Service","Map Service","ArcGIS Server"]
description: Framework-forming deep-sea corals are an important living marine resource, providing three-dimensional habitat structure for fishes and invertebrates and forming oases of biodiversity. Unfortunately, their slow growth rates and vulnerability to distance pose challenges to their survival; and due to the logistical difficulty and expense of deep-sea exploration, much less is known about their distribution than that of their shallow-water counterparts. Predictive modeling of deep-sea coral habitat can provide this critical information which supports conservation efforts, management of offshore activities affecting the seafloor and guides future exploration. Habitat modeling also lends insights into the environmental factors driving the distribution of these corals, increasing our understanding of how these unique ecosystems function.
title: Coral Habitat Suitability - Gulf of Mexico
type: Map Service
tags: ["framework-forming deep sea corals","stony coral","black coral","gorgonian","soft coral","Scleractinia","Antipatharia","Alcyonacea"]
culture: en-US
name: NCCOS_CoralHabitatSuitability
guid: 61D84FB7-E0B8-47B8-BCE9-ED9A10CB555C
spatialReference: WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere