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Source : Ahmedabad Mirror dated August 29 , 2018
Scientists uncover massive 85-mile long cold water reef, believe it plays key role in region’s fisheries
Scientists have discovered a giant deep-sea coral reef system off the coast of the US state of South Carolina. Little is known about the natural resources of the deep ocean off the US’ Southeast coast from Virginia to Georgia. Deep Search 2018 was created to learn more by exploring the deep sea ecosystems.
The projects consists of scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the US Geological Survey. A pair of dives in a submersible called Alvin confirmed the existence of the coral reef.
“This is a huge feature,” chief scientist Erik Cordes said. “It’s incredible that it stayed hidden off the US East Coast for so long.” Cordes said the ecosystem is unlike anything he has seen, with “mountains” of corals. Sandra Brooke, a coral ecologist, described seeing thriving white Lophelia coral covering the sea floor in every direction and said it was a surprise to find so much live deep-sea coral far from the coast.
Coral reefs form more easily near the surface of the water, where the sun can feed the algae.
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