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Weird NewsScientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico

11:20  23 july  2019
11:20  23 july  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

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In the Gulf of Mexico , scientists have found five new coral reefs forming a so-called coral reef corridor . The team of scientists from the University of This corridor stretches at least 310 miles , said Leonardo Ortiz Lozano, a researcher with the University of Veracruz who made the discovery

In the Gulf of Mexico , scientists have found five new coral reefs forming a so-called coral reef corridor . The team of scientists from the University of This corridor stretches at least 310 miles , said Leonardo Ortiz Lozano, a researcher with the University of Veracruz who made the discovery

Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico © Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano A taste of what the team found in the Corazones reef, which they discovered this year. (Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano)

In the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have found five new coral reefs forming a so-called coral reef corridor. The team of scientists from the University of Veracruz and Mexico’s National Institute of Technology announced their findings earlier this month, reminding us there’s still so much we don’t know about the underwater world.

The five coral reefs -- Corazones, Pantepec South, Piedras Altas, Los Gallos, and Camaronera -- join a number of other reefs to make up the Reef Corridor of the Southwest Gulf of Mexico, which stretches from near the Tamiahua Lagoonin the state of Veracruz into the Gulf. The scientists have speculated about the existence of the corridor for years, and this discovery confirms it. This corridor stretches at least 499km, said Leonardo Ortiz Lozano, a researcher with the University of Veracruz who made the discovery alongside Ana Gutierrez of the National Institute of Technology.

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Reefs form when corals grow in shallow water close to the shore of continents or smaller islands. Threats. Global. These bleached corals in the Gulf of Mexico are the result of increased water temperatures. In the late 1960s, several Smithsonian scientists set themselves an ambitious goal

An enormous 3600 square mile coral reef has astonished scientists and the world alike after it was discovered under the muddy waters off the mouth of the In an interview in The Atlantic co-author of the paper published in Science Advances which brought the news to a wider public, Patricia Yager

This corridor offers incredible biological productivity for this region, Ortiz told Gizmodo. The reefs offer habitat for a number of species, fuelling an incredibly biodiverse ecosystem. The region is currently unprotected, but the scientists who discovered the corridor want to change that before the oil and gas industry moves into this part of the Gulf.

Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico © Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano More coral found in the Corazones reef. (Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano)

“We want the coral corridor to be officially recognised to protect it from the fossil fuel industry,” Ortiz said.

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Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico
This group of researchers is now working to protect the corridor in coordination with the Mexican Center for Environmental Law. The fishing industry and sedimentation from runoff are threatening the reefs, but the ecologists are mindful about creating protections that won’t sacrifice the well-being of the fishing industry that’s built a dependence on the thriving ecosystem, which includes sponges, crustaceans, sea turtles, and sharks.

“What’s most important is that these sites are where hundreds of fishermen receive their nourishment and work,” Ortiz told Gizmodo. “It’s important to protect these sites, but it’s necessary to maintain the fishing industry.”

Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico © Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano A type of coral found in Los Gallos, another reef the team found. (Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano)

And of course the threat of climate change is looming over coral reefs, many of which are already feeling its impacts around the world. Warmer waters have caused waves of coral bleaching in the Gulf of Mexico. When corals bleach, they expel algae (a main source of food) as a response to the added stress. In other words, they essentially die.

Currently, these new reefs are scattered within and outside of protected areas. Setting up protections for all the reefs is a solid first step to ensuring they survive.

Scientists Just Discovered A 310-Mile Coral Reef Corridor In The Gulf Of Mexico © Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano Another coral formation in Corazones, one of the reefs recently discovered. (Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo Ortiz Lozano)

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