The underwater research ship stumbled upon a huge Coral reef, Stands like a monolithic tower off the northern coast of Australia.
Scientists at the Schmidt Institute of Oceanography are conducting a year-long survey of the ocean around Australia. It is reported that the newly discovered reef is 1,640 feet (500 meters) tall from bottom to top, which is higher than the Empire State Building.
The newly discovered coral reef is Great Barrier Reef -The longest coral reef in the world, spanning 1,400 miles (2,300 kilometers) along the northeast coast of Australia. Researchers say that this new branch of the huge underwater structure stands freely with the rest of the reef, making it the first separate coral reef discovered in the area in 1
Jyotika Virmani, executive director of the Schmidt Institute of Oceanography, said: “The discovery of a new half-kilometre high reef on…a recognized Great Barrier Reef shows how mysterious the world has surpassed our coastline.” Said in the statement.
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Scientists on the Falkor research ship discovered a new reef on October 20 while constructing a 3D map of the ocean floor. The team called it a “blade-shaped” lonely coral tower with a width of 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) at the bottom and then ascending to the highest peak, 130 feet (40 m) below the sea surface. The researchers said that seven other similar independent towers were previously found on the reef.
The team used a remote control vehicle (ROV) to explore the surface of the new reef and discovered a rainbow zoo composed of corals and underwater animals. (If you want to watch some highlights, please check the 3-hour video of the institute Live on YouTube).
This biodiversity is a typical feature of the Great Barrier Reef, which supports more than 1,500 fish and hundreds of different types of corals. However, many of these species are at risk of losing their homes. climate changeThe study was published in the journal on October 14 and it has caused the loss of half of the corals on the Great Barrier Reef since 1995. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Find
The Schmidt Institute will continue to explore the northern reef until November 17. In addition to finding this huge tower, researchers at the Institute also found “The longest animal ever“In April (actually a 150-foot-long (45 m) chain of smaller animals called the fauna), Squid has never been photographed alive And a mysterious Coral cemetery March.
Originally published in “Life Science”.