Australian researchers have discovered a submerged coral 'high rise' underneath the Great Barrier Reef that is greater than the Empire State Building.
The isolated reef, the first to be found in over 120 years, ranges around 500 meters, making it taller than the Sydney Tower, and the Empire State Building, specialists from the Schmidt Ocean Institute said.
It was uncovered a week ago as researchers finished a submerged planning of the ocean bottom of the northern Great Barrier Reef off Far North Queensland. They utilized a submerged robot known as SuBastian, to investigate the reef.
Outfitted with automated arms and a camera, it took coral from the reef for logical assessment, livestreaming its investigation on YouTube.
Analysts said the base of the "sharp edge like" reef estimates 1.5km wide, rising 500 meters to its shallowest profundity of 40 meters underneath the waves.
There are seven other tall isolates reefs in the territory, including the reef at Raine Island - a critical green turtle settling site.
Undertaking pioneer Dr Robin Beaman said he was astounded by the disclosure.
"To 3D map the reef in detail, yet additionally outwardly observe this disclosure with SuBastian is inconceivable," Dr Beaman said.
"We are amazed and thrilled by what we have found. To 3D map the reef in detail, yet in addition outwardly observe this revelation with SuBastian is extraordinary."
The endeavor was one of a progression of mechanical jumps arranged by the organization to investigate the seas around Australia.
Specialists are relied upon to keep reviewing the region until November 17.
"To locate another a large portion of a-kilometer tall reef in the seaward Cape York territory of the all around perceived Great Barrier Reef shows how strange the world is simply past our coastline," Dr Jyotika Virmani, leader head of Schmidt Ocean Institute, said.
"This amazing blend of planning information and submerged symbolism will be utilized to comprehend this new reef and its function inside the mind boggling Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area."
The Great Barrier Reef, the world's biggest coral reef, covers 345,000 square kilometers and is home to in excess of 1500 types of fish, 411 types of hard corals and many different species.