The American Museum of Natural History occasionally offers peeks into its inner working, on how it maintains and preserves millions of artifacts over thousands of collections from the past several centuries. In this short video from the museum, learn how they maintain and preserve their dry coral collection.
More than 4,000 dry coral specimens are housed in the collections of the American Museum of Natural History, including specimens that date back to the 1870s! This collection is not only beautiful but essential for scientists studying our oceans because it lets them peer back in time. Dive in with the dry coral collections team to learn how corals grow, how the Museum takes care of these storied specimens, and how museum collections like this help protect living corals in the wild.
Check out the accompanying webpage to learn more about the museum's coral rehousing project.
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