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World’s largest known deep-sea coral reef is bigger than Vermont

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On the Blake Plateau of the Atlantic Ocean you will find dense thickets of reef-building coral Desmophyllumpertusum. The white coloring is healthy–deep-sea corals don’t rely on symbiotic algae, so they can’t bleach. These images were captured during a 2019 dive expedition off the Florida coast. NOAA Ocean Exploration: Windows to the Deep 2019

Scientists have found the world’s largest deep-sea coral reef off the eastern coast of the United States. The massive 6.4 acres stretch from Miami, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this is an area bigger than Vermont. The results were published in a journal article on January 12, 2009. Geomatics.

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Blake Plateau is located in the western Atlantic Ocean, off the coasts Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Earlier studies of the area found that the region may be a dead zone–an area of the ocean that has less oxygen dissolved in water, which generally kills most of the sea life. During the multi-year mapping of this…



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