600-Mile Coral Reef Discovered In Amazon River

600-Mile Coral Reef Discovered In

The Amazon River is a rich source of various natural treasures, and it includes, pink dolphins and flesh-eating piranhas.

Now, a team of scientists from Brazil and the United States have discovered a coral reef which stretches for some 600 miles. Research report of this study was first published on April 22, 2016, in the Journal Science.

The valuable coral reef was found in the muddy waters at the mouth of the Amazon. The reef stretches from French Guiana to Brazil’s Maranhao state, and it spreads along the edge of the continental shelf in South America.

The research was done by scientists from the University of Georgia and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and during their search, they have made a startling discovery which will give a Wow feel to anyone.

The report clearly indicates that this coral reef system is pretty healthy. In typical cases, due to unfavorable conditions which include salinity, pH and light penetration, most of the large rivers usually develop gaps in reef distribution. But in Amazon, things are different, and what scientists discovered was a healthy reef system with no negativity.

The carbonate structure in the coral reef provides habitat to many marine lives. Scientists during the research have found 73 reef fish species, and most of them are carnivores.

Patricia Yager, one of the researcher, told that the team found some of the most beautiful animals on the earth during this study.

He also added that due to human interference which results in ocean acidification and ocean warming, the whole system is at risk. Readers should understand that warmer temperatures will negatively impact the health of ocean reefs.