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Australia | Scientists discover large detached coral reef inside Great Barrier Reer Marine Park

Researchers have just made a remarkable discovery in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia. While mapping the seafloor off the coast of far north Queensland state, scientists onboard the RV Falkor stumbled upon a huge detached coral reef — the first one to be found in the last 120 years.

This detached coral reef is more than 500 meters (1,640 feet) tall, according to the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the foundation facilitating the expedition. That’s about one and a half times as tall as the Eiffel Tower, or one and three-tenths as high as the Empire State Building.

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