Imagine tubleweeds spread across the ocean floor. If you make them purple/pink and living, then you have a rhodolith bed. Rhodoliths are hard calcareous algae which have broken from the ground and formed a bed with other individuals. Many invertebrates and algae species associate with this habitat. Rhodoliths are a hot study subject in Europe, where they are used as a soil conditioner.
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