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Slide Show: Glimpses of Undersea Life at Nation's New Marine Monuments

Palmyra Atoll, part of one of three new marine monuments, provides a snapshot of the bounty of life now protected

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BLUE LAGOON

The pristine coral support an abundance of sea life, such as the school of brilliant yellow goatfish pictured here.....[ More ]

PORE CORAL

The abundance of these pristine coral reefs, like the encrusting pore and acropora coral pictured here at Jarvis Island, is part of what inspired President George W. Bush to protect them as marine monuments.....[ More ]

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Brumbaugh examines a settlement tile brought in from the reef under a microscope in the lab at the Palmyra Atoll Research Station. After photo and microscope surveys of each batch of tiles are completed, the researchers will redeploy the tiles for up to a year before again surveying them to continue their observations of the changes playing out on the top and bottom surfaces of the tiles.....[ More ]

CORAL TILES

A researcher, Dan Brumbaugh from the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, replaces a screw after removing a settlement tile in order to bring it back into the laboratory for study.....[ More ]

DIVE SCIENCE

Researchers Kate Holmes and Eleanor Sterling from the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation use a tape measure to document the spread of an invasive corallimorph ( Rhodactis howesii ) that can create a carpet that smothers other reef organisms.....[ More ]

RESEARCH STATION

A small dock, used by researchers for lagoon boats and by visiting yacht "cruisers" who receive permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to disembark at the Palmyra Atoll Research Station.....[ More ]

PALMYRA ATOLL

This island sits in the remote North Line Islands of the Pacific Ocean and served as a military base during World War II. But the islands have otherwise escaped human interference.....[ More ]

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