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New Reef in Galapagos

A new coral reef has been discovered by divers on a scientific expedition in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The 1.2 miles long reef was found on the summit of a submarine mountain and is home to various marine species. Scientists previously believed that there was only one coral reef in the Galapagos, as most were destroyed in the El Nino storms in the early 1980s. The new reef has more than 50% living coral, which is rare in the current climate, and is estimated to be several thousand years old. Scientists are thrilled at the discovery since living coral reefs are few and far between, especially in the Galapagos.

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