It turns out the Great Barrier Reef is actually much larger than previously thought. Scientists have discovered a second reef located just North of the Great Barrier Reef. The newly discovered reef lies deep below the surface of the water and contains a field of large doughnut-shaped structures.
The discovery by a research team from James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, and University of Sydney, used LiDAR data from the Australian Navy that allowed the researchers to map the area more fully.
“We’ve known about these geological structures in the northern Great Barrier Reef since the 1970s and 80s, but never before has the true nature of their shape, size and vast scale been revealed,” Robin Beaman, a marine geologist at James Cook University, said in a press release. READ MORE.