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 Riesiges Koreallenriff vor Australien entdeckt infographic
Grafik zeigt Vergleich des neu entdeckten Korallenriffs mit ausgewählten hohen Gebäuden der Welt.


Ein Korallenriff, das höher als das Empire State Building ist

By Jordi Bou

March 26, 2020 - Forscher haben ein freistehendes Korallenriff nahe dem Großen Barriere Riff entdeckt, das höher als das Empire State Building ist. Es ist die erste derartige Entdeckung der letzten 120 Jahre.

Scientists found the detached reef, which is the first to be discovered in more than 120 years, in waters off North Queensland while on an expedition aboard research vessel Falkor, ocean research organization Schmidt Ocean Institute.

The reef was first discovered on October 20, as scientists completed an underwater mapping of the seafloor of the northern Great Barrier Reef.

At 500 meters high, it is taller than the Empire State Building (443.2 meters to the tip), the Petronas Twin Towers (451.9 meters), and the Eiffel Tower (324 metres)

At almost 2,300km, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure in the world. It includes around 3,000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands and 150 inshore mangrove islands.

But in recent years, it has been vastly damaged by warmer seas which have killed off coral, dispersed other marine life and sped up growth of algae and other contaminants.

PUBLISHED: 29/10/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: SOI