July 30, 2014, 1:10 pm

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Threats

Many cold-water corals grow slowly and can be very long-lived, making them susceptible to natural damage and human activities. In some cases cold-water corals and the reefs they form may take hundreds or thousands of years to recover. Click on a threat below to find how it could affect cold-water coral ecosystems.

Deep-sea

trawling

Oil and gas

drilling

Climate

change

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