By Katie Scott |27 August 2009 |Categories: Science
British researchers have found several new species of life – and some that were thought to be extinct – during an in-depth study documenting some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs.
A team from the University of Southampton’s School of Geography has spent three years in the Galapagos Islands studying the reefs of the northern Wolf and Darwin Islands as part of the government-funded Darwin Initiative project.
Professor Terry Dawson led a team of 16 scientists who used cameras, tapes, quadrats and waterproof computers to survey the underwater landscape. They also employed a robotic vehicle to explore the depths at which normal scuba equipment can’t be used.