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Giant deep-sea coral reef off the coast of South Carolina



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In a discovery that greatly shifts scientists' thinking about coral formation, researchers have found a huge coral reef deep in the Atlantic Ocean about 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina

The reef was discovered on August 23 by scientists aboard a deep-sea research submarine called Alvin. It is about half a mile below the surface and about 85 miles long.

"It was exciting to see these newly discovered habitats first-hand," said Erik Cordes, a Temple University biologist and one of the scientists who made the discovery, NBC News MACH in an email. "Every dive in Alvin is different and we always expect something new, but I've never found anything so important that has fundamentally changed our approach to where these habitats might exist."


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