Coral reef finding in Australian ocean at risk of habitat loss, damage due to climate change

Asha Bajaj
3 min readNov 17, 2020

#Australia; #DiscoveryOfReef; #GreatBarrierReef; #JyotikaVirmani; #JamesCookUniversity; ​#SuBastian; #underwatermapping; #GreenSeaTurtles; #biodiversity; #ClimateChange

Toronto, Nov 17 (Canadian-Media): A Reef extending 1,640 feet (500 meters) below the ocean surface had been discovered by Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) during a year-long expedition of oceans surrounding Australia, reported the Truprint Group.

This discovery is part of the Great Barrier Reef, which is the single longest reef in the world, the first detached reef discovered in these waters for more than 100 years, stretching 1,400 miles across the surface of the North Eastern Australian Ocean making it taller than the Empire State Building.

“To find a new half-a-kilometer tall reef in… the well-recognized Great Barrier Reef shows how mysterious the world is just beyond our coastline.” — Jyotika Virmani, executive director of Schmidt Ocean Institute.

The discovery of the reef was done by a team of scientists led by Dr. Robin Beaman from James Cook University, using the Institute’s robot ‘SuBastian’ to conduct underwater mapping of the seafloor. High-resolution footage of the new discovery was live-streamed on the SOI website and Youtube Channel. There are seven other detached reefs in the area, some having been discovered as early as the 1800s, including the reef at Raine Island which serves as a prominent nesting…

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Asha Bajaj

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