The picture you see on top of this page is me on an under-water walking trip in the Great Barrier Reef, off of the coast of cairns in Australia. This was during my vacation to Australia in June 2002, almost two decades ago! And it was one of the most breathtaking experiences in my life.

Below is probably one of the happiest scientific news in this pandemic year.

Scientist in Australia have discovered a 500-metre tall coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef, this is the first reef to be discovered in over 120 years. The reef was discovered by Australian scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor. We probably know more about lunar surface than our ocean floors. It is fascinating to hear scientists say that we know in detail only about 5% of our oceans, and, less than 20% of the seafloor has been mapped.

Coral reefs and Corals are extremely important to the health of our ocean. Thousands of species living underwater depend on them, which in turn provide for an even bigger number of species in the food chain.

Picture Courtesy: Schmidt Ocean Institute

Picture Courtesy: Schmidt Ocean Institute

Watch the short video below explaining this in easy to understand terms by CNET.

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