Freakishly Tall (detached) Coral Reef 1640 Feet vs Empire State Building 1250 Feet
Found Off the Coast of Australia Nov. 2, 2020 Filed to:Great Barrier Reef
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‘Detached’ reef bigger than Empire State building discovered in 500 metres of water off Queensland
ABC Science By environment reporter Nick Kilvert

Digital seafloor map showing the newly detected detached reef.
Image: Schmidt Ocean Institute

An isolated coral reef measuring 1,640 feet tall has been discovered off the coast of Australia. Known as a detached reef, the blade-like vertical structure could serve as habitat for a variety of undiscovered sea creatures.

At 1,640 feet (500 meters), the gigantic detached reef stands taller than the 1,250-foot-tall (381-meter) Empire State Building. Researchers with the Schmidt Ocean Institute made the surprising discovery on October 20 while mapping the seafloor of the northern Great Barrier Reef. The team confirmed the finding a few days later using a remotely operated vehicle, according to a statement released by the group.

Working on the research vessel Falkor, the Schmidt Ocean Institute researchers are participating in a year-long expedition to study the ocean surrounding the Australian continent. The detached reef—the first of its kind to be discovered since the 19th century—was found about 80 miles (130 km) off Cape York, Queensland.

Following the initial detection on October 20, the team deployed the institute’s ROV SuBastian to investigate further (hmm, Falkor, SuBastian—guessing someone at the Schmidt Ocean Institute is a fan of The NeverEnding Story). The event was broadcast live on the institute’s website and YouTube, and the footage is still available should you have two-and-a-half hours to kill.
Research vessel Falkor near the site of the newly detected detached reef.
Research vessel Falkor near the site of the newly detected detached reef.
Image: Schmidt Ocean Institute