12 Tomography of Cold-Water Corals-Bearing Cores
X-ray Computed Tomography is a non-destructive technique to resolve internal structures and their three-dimensional visualisation. Computed Tomography presents a wide spectrum of application in earth sciences and proves useful to unravel the architecture of sedimentary cores, including those containing cold-water corals. In particular the application of Computed Tomography not only discloses the presence of corals in the core and facilitates taxonomic identification up to species-level, but elucidates also their three-dimensional distribution and taphonomic aspects. The advantages offered by Computed Tomography-scan are continuously growing and is becoming a standard method of analysis for cold-water coral-bearing cores studies.
KeywordsComputed Tomography Cold-water corals Madrepora-mounds Cores Mediterranean Sea
Captain, crew and shipboard staff of R/V Urania cruise Decors are thanked for their efficient and skilful cooperation at sea. Marco Taviani and Paolo Montagna provided helpful comments to earlier versions of this manuscript. We acknowledge Jurgen Titschack, Andrés Rüggeberg and Cova Orejas for their useful reviews that helped improving the clarity of the text. This paper is Ismar-Bologna scientific contribution n. 1929 and is part of EU F.P. VII Projects COCONET, (contract no. 287844), and EVER-EST (contract no. 674907), DG Environment programme IDEM (grant agreement No 11.0661/2017/750680/SUB/EN V.C2), and the Flag Project Ritmare (Ricerca Italiana per il Mare).
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