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Huge coral reef found off the coast of Brazil

April 22, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments



The reef had remained totally undiscovered until now. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Toby Hudson
A 600-mile-long coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river has taken scientists completely by surprise.
Stretching from French Guiana to Brazilís Maranhao state, the remarkable discovery was made entirely by accident during efforts to look for new oil drilling sites in the region.

The find was particularly unexpected because large rivers tend to create gaps in reef systems where coral is unable to grow and there had been no evidence of corals thriving in muddy, sediment-filled waters like those typically found at the mouth of the Amazon.
In a new paper released on Thursday, scientists studying the new reef have identified at least 60 unique species of sponges, 73 species of fish and several types of lobsters and other marine life.

"I was flabbergasted, as were the rest of the 30 oceanographers," said co-author Patricia Yager.

"Traditionally, our understanding of reefs has focused on tropical shallow coral reefs which harbor biodiversity that rivals tropical rainforests."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Infernal Gnu 6 years ago
Quick, let's get to work destroying it, it's what we humans do! (that would make a good GEICO TV ad).
Comment icon #3 Posted by Rolci 6 years ago
Quick, let's get to work destroying it, it's what we humans do! No need to rush anyone, you're all doing it already. Don't you drive? I don't. It's called a choice. It's how humans (well, at least some of us) take responsibility, collectively. You wanna change the world? Change yourself. Now who's with me? (*deadly silence*) Thought so. Momentary comfort over our children's future. Makes sense. Don't walk to work tomorrow, why not take the car?
Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
Another example of something that if a "Conspiracy Nut" had said existed last week, he would have been seriously derided and laughed at. Because science can't be wrong. However, it can be corrected....
Comment icon #5 Posted by ChaosRose 6 years ago
No need to rush anyone, you're all doing it already. Don't you drive? I don't. It's called a choice. It's how humans (well, at least some of us) take responsibility, collectively. You wanna change the world? Change yourself. Now who's with me? (*deadly silence*) Thought so. Momentary comfort over our children's future. Makes sense. Don't walk to work tomorrow, why not take the car? Is it really a choice? There aren't many places beyond the big cities where there is much in the way of public transportation. And guess what...people do need to get to work and get to the store. Many jobs also requ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ozfactor 6 years ago
great post, I hope it can remain untouched
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti 6 years ago
I hope the coral lives on and on
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
No need to rush anyone, you're all doing it already. Don't you drive? I don't. It's called a choice. It's how humans (well, at least some of us) take responsibility, collectively. You wanna change the world? Change yourself. Now who's with me? (*deadly silence*) Thought so. Momentary comfort over our children's future. Makes sense. Don't walk to work tomorrow, why not take the car? Yet here you are on your computer.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rlyeh 6 years ago
Another example of something that if a "Conspiracy Nut" had said existed last week, he would have been seriously derided and laughed at. Because science can't be wrong. However, it can be corrected.... What on earth are you rambling about? Where is the conspiracy?
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
No need to rush anyone, you're all doing it already. Don't you drive? I don't. It's called a choice. It's how humans (well, at least some of us) take responsibility, collectively. You wanna change the world? Change yourself. Now who's with me? (*deadly silence*) Thought so. Momentary comfort over our children's future. Makes sense. Don't walk to work tomorrow, why not take the car? So how do you get around when you need to go further than walking distance? Do you take a bus, cab or train. Same difference as driving in the whole scheme of things.
Comment icon #11 Posted by griss47 6 years ago
I'd like to see some pictures of this reef. Unfortunately, the picture in the article is completely geographically inaccurate. It's a picture from an Indo-Pacific reef. The corals in that picture do not exist in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean.


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