Vast doughnut-shaped reef found in Australia

Vast doughnut-shaped reef found in Australia

Vast doughnut-shaped reef found in Australia

Written by Staff Writer

03 Sep, 2016 | 6:36 pm

Scientists have discovered a large doughnut-shaped coral reef in northern Queensland, sitting behind the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

The discovery of a large field of unusual circular mounds was announced on Friday by a group of scientists from James Cook University, University of Sydney and Queensland University of Technology, who worked with laser data from the Australian Royal Navy.

The limestone circles amount to a second, deeper reef behind the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. The scientists who discovered it off the coast of northern Australia say they’re surprised by its vast size and by the strange shapes.

Mardi McNeil from Queensland University of Technology and lead author on the new research paper called the discovery “vast.”

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