A group of scientists has discovered a huge coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon River

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Image by: Neil Palmer (CIAT). Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest near Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

The Amazon is well known for its accumulate the most pristine places on the planet, having a great biodiversity of flora and fauna, being the place that brings oxygen to our planet and keep great mysteries as to the origin of the life forms; and one of these great mysteries was recently discovered at the mouth of the great tributary. A team of scientists has discovered a huge coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon River.

The great discovery as we call it was discovered in a border portion between French Guiana and Brazil in the Brazilian state of Maranhao, said EFE. The group of scientists, led by Rodrigo Moura, of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, investigated the area in three oceanographic cruises, the research was a cooperation between scientists and Brazilian counterparts in the United States.

The discovery of the reef leave a little astonished the scientific community, it is common to find these ecosystems in the shallow waters of the seas, the unusual is to find this ecosystem in the waters of rivers and more in a river with much sediment as the river amazonas.El reef is over almost a thousand kilometers and a depth ranging between 30 and 120 meters. On these ecosystems there was little evidence as to the presence of corals of this type, since mostly thrive in clear waters, illuminated by the sun, while the equatorial waters near the mouth of the Amazon are some of the muddier in the world, with large amounts of sediment
This reef ecosystem that was under muddy water into an already marked for oil exploration site in addition to a wonderful discovery becomes a signal to the international community. Amazon ecosystems are very complex and rich life, many of them do not know exactly, which must seek protection mechanisms.

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