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World 'Massive' coral reef taller than the Empire State Building found in Australia

14:36  27 october  2020
14:36  27 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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At more than 1,640 feet (500m) - higher than the Empire State Building - the reef was found by a team on a year-long exploration of the waters surrounding The reef was discovered last week by Australian research scientists on board the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor while

A skyscraper-esque spire of detached coral discovered in Australia ’s Great Barrier Reef stands taller than the Empire State Building at 1,640 feet (500 Researchers from the US and Australia mapped out the blade-like coral mount — the first to be discovered in some 120 years — off the coast of Cape

A "massive" new reef measuring 500 meters (about 1,600 feet) has been discovered in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, making it taller than some of the world's highest skyscrapers.

a large body of water next to the ocean: RV Falkor holding position on the outside of Ribbon Reef # 5 as ROV SuBastian works its way up the shelf to reveal for the first time ever the origins of the Great Barrier Reef. © Dean Milller/Schmidt Ocean Institute RV Falkor holding position on the outside of Ribbon Reef # 5 as ROV SuBastian works its way up the shelf to reveal for the first time ever the origins of the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists found the detached reef, which is the first to be discovered in more than 120 years, in waters off North Queensland while on an expedition aboard research vessel Falkor, ocean research organization Schmidt Ocean Institute announced Monday.

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A huge, detached coral reef measuring over 1,600 feet in height has been discovered on Australias Great Barrier Reef —the first to be found in over 120 years. The reef was found on October 20 during an underwater mapping expedition of the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef seafloor.

A huge, detached coral reef measuring over 1,600 feet in height has been discovered on Australia 's Great Barrier Reef —the first to be found in over 120 years. The base of the reef is almost 5,000 feet wide and 1,600 feet high— taller than the Empire State Building . Its peak is just 130 feet below the

The newly discovered detached reef is one of several in the Great Barrier Reef, and the first to be discovered in 120 years. © Schmidt Ocean Institute The newly discovered detached reef is one of several in the Great Barrier Reef, and the first to be discovered in 120 years.

The reef was first discovered on October 20, as scientists completed an underwater mapping of the seafloor of the northern Great Barrier Reef.

At 500 meters high, it is taller than the Empire State Building (381 meters to the top floor), the Sydney Tower (305 meters) and the Petronas Twin Towers (451.9 meters.)

Using an underwater robot named SuBastian, the team explored the reef on Sunday, and live streamed footage of the exploration.

Experts say that the base of the "blade-like" reef measures 1.5 kilometers wide (nearly 1 mile), rising 500 meters to its shallowest depth of 40 meters below the ocean surface.

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  A massive surprise: Researchers discover a coral reef in Australia that's taller than the Empire State Building Scientists have discovered a 1,640-foot-tall detached coral reef in Australia's Great Barrier Reef — the first of its kind in over 120 years.The reef was found Oct. 20 by a team conducting a year-long underwater mapping of the region's seafloor, the Schmidt Ocean Institute said Monday in a press release.

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There are seven other tall detached reefs in the area, including the reef at Raine Island -- a significant green turtle nesting site.

Robin Beaman, who led the expedition, said he was "surprised" by the discovery.

"To not only 3D map the reef in detail, but also visually see this discovery with SuBastian is incredible," he said in a statement.

"This unexpected discovery affirms that we continue to find unknown structures and new species in our ocean," Wendy Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Ocean Institute, said in a statement.

"The state of our knowledge about what's in the ocean has long been so limited. Thanks to new technologies that work as our eyes, ears and hands in the deep ocean, we have the capacity to explore like never before. New oceanscapes are opening to us, revealing the ecosystems and diverse life forms that share the planet with us."

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, covers nearly 133,000 square miles and is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 species of hard corals and dozens of other species.

But the reef is facing a crisis -- recent studies have shown that it has lost 50% of its coral populations in the last three decades, with climate change a key driver of reef disturbance.

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