Cordell Bank: an underwater mountain north of the Farallon Islands

Cordell Bank

Cordell Bank relief as seen on the wall map at the lighthouse visitor center

Cordell Bank is an underwater sea mountain in the Pacific Ocean. It is located a few miles west of the Point Reyes Lighthouse. The four-and-a-half mile by nine-and-a-half mile rocky complex sits at the edge of the continental shelf. The ocean conditions of the Cordell Bank environment sustain a thriving marine life, which is studied in ongoing research projects. A recent survey of the bank's benthic marine life found healthy populations of corals, sponges, sea stars and other oceanic life forms.
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