Coral from Ferdinandea island

Coral from Ferdinandea island

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Caption: Coral sample from Ferdinandea. Ferdinandea is a volcanic sea mount in the Mediterranean Sea, around 30 kilometres south of Sicily, Italy. Occasionally, an eruption brings forth so much new material that the sea mount breaks the surface as a new island. This last happened in 1831, and it led to an international dispute between the Sicilians, the British (who called the new island Graham Island) and the French (who named it Giulia). Fortunately the island was eroded by wave action before war could break out. Studying coral from Ferdinandea may provide information on its activity and growth.

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