It’s been just revealed that a team of marine researchers has released the very first comprehensive survey of coral reefs in the deep seas – the two-thirds of the ocean outside the national jurisdictions, according to ScienceMag.
After they combined more than half a million observations of reef-building corals, the team was able to identify 116 reefs that were located in the high seas.
It’s been also revealed that most of these corals are living between 200 and 1200 meters beneath the surface, according to expert findings.
There are also a handful that have been found more than 2km deep. There are lots of more high seas corals to be found, according to the authors.
Analyzing deepwater slopes
The same online publication that we mentioned above notes that this study considers with the launch of the Coral Reefs on the High Seas Coalition – a group of scientists and nonprofits that aims to support research cruises to survey the steep, deep-water slopes where many of the reefs sit.
“Some of the first marine protected areas were specifically designed around coral reefs. … So much literature suggests these are the rainforests of the seas,” says co-author Daniel Wagner, the coalition’s coordinator.
The deep reefs “are some of the most under surveyed of all ocean ecosystems,” the coalition notes, “and because they are not protected by the laws of any country, they are among the most vulnerable and potentially overexploited reefs on Earth.”
Anyway, we recommend that you check out the original article posted by the online publication ScienceMag in order to learn all the available details.
Also, make sure to lift your eyes from the deep waters to the starry sky because another amazing discovery has just been made.
CBS News notes that traces of a rare molecule that’s known as phosphine have been found in the hellish and heavily acidic atmosphere of Venus.
This is huge because it could hint to the possibility that life exists there.