Scientists discover 500 metre-tall skyscraper coral reef at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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The detached reef, taller than the Empire State Building, was discovered at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York in Queensland

Australian scientists have discovered a detached reef more than 500 metres high – taller than the Empire State Building – at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

The “blade-like” vertical reef about 130km off Cape York, Australia’s north-eastern tip, was found during a 3D seabed mapping exercise conducted from a ship owned by the Californian non-profit Schmidt Ocean Institute.

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