slopes of the gulf of mexico

The slopes of the Gulf of Mexico are unlike those found in the adjacent Atlantic. In two areas (type 1) there are steep carbonate escarpments. On the north and a bit on the south salt movement greatly influences the chemistry and geology (type 2). Only in the west and a small area of the northeast are “normal” deep habitats found (type 3). Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico 2002, NOAA/OER.

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