Coral reef taller than Empire State building discovered in Australia

Scientists have discovered a “massive” detached coral reef in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — the first of its kind in over 120 years. And at approximately 1,640 feet, it is taller than the Empire State Building.

The reef was found Oct. 20 by a team conducting a year-long underwater mapping of the region’s seafloor, the Schmidt Ocean Institute said Monday in a press release. 

The Institute’s underwater robot, “SuBastian,” explored the reef. The dive was livestreamed on its website.

“We are surprised and elated by what we have found,” the group’s leader, Dr. Robin Beaman of James Cook University, said. “To not only 3D map the reef in detail, but also visually see this discovery with SuBastian, is incredible.”

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