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Polyp Oriented Modelling of Coral Growth

November 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Science, Video | No Comments »

VRML and animations of polyp oriented modeling of coral growth [article]

The morphogenesis of colonial stony corals is the result of the collective behavior of many coral polyps depositing coral skeleton on top of the old skeleton on which they live. Yet, models of coral growth often consider the polyps as a single continuous surface. In the present work, the polyps are modeled individually. Each polyp takes up resources, deposits skeleton, buds off new polyps and dies. In this polyp oriented model, spontaneous branching occurs.

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