Coral skyscraper taller than Eiffel Tower found in FNQ

James Marshall
October 28, 2020

A coral reef looming taller than the Empire State Building was discovered in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia. There are seven other detached reefs in the area, including the Raine Island reef, a nesting site for green turtles.

Measuring a whooping, 1,640 feet, the reef is taller than France's Eiffel Tower and The Shard - Britain's tallest building - which stand at 1,063 and 1,016 feet, respectively, reports Daily Mail.

The lead author of the study, Andreas Dietzel said the main cause of the unfortunate coral death was human-induced climate change which has affected the favourable environment required for the corals to exist.

The scientists - who are working onboard the research vessel "Falkor" - are presently undertaking a 12-month exploration of the ocean surrounding Australia.

The bottom of the blade-like reef is simply shy of a mile large and its peak ranges from 1,640 ft - 186 ft taller than the long-lasting Manhattan skyscraper - to only 131 ft.

On Sunday, the institute's team conducted a dive using an underwater robot to explore the new reef and learned that it's more than 500 meters high, the base is about 1.5 kilometers wide and it rises to its shallowest depth of only 40 meters below the sea surface.

"To not only see the 3D maps involved in the details, but also to see this discovery with SuBastian is unbelievable", he said in a statement.

This isn't the institute's first big discovery of the year, though.

In April, researchers discovered the longest recorded sea creature - a 148 feet (45 metres) -long siphonophore, a creature related to the jellyfish, in Ningaloo Canyon - as well as 30 new species. Because of new applied sciences that work as our eyes, ears and fingers within the deep ocean, we now have the capability to discover like by no means earlier than.

Co-founder of Schmidt Ocean Institute Wendy Schmidt agreed the unexpected discovery shows there are still many unknown structures and species within our oceans. "New oceanscapes are opening to us, revealing the ecosystems and various life varieties that share the planet with us".

The Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, covers an area of almost 133,000 square kilometers and is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 species of hard fish and dozens more.

Deep sea coral gardens and graveyards had been additionally present in Bremer Canyon Marine Park in February.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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