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Old 08-28-2018, 09:01 PM   #1
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It's not every day that you find a huge, previously undiscovered biological feature sitting right off a major U.S. coastline, but that's exactly what scientists manning the research vessel Atlantis stumbled upon while exploring some 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.


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There, about a half mile below the ocean's surface, lies a dense forest of deep sea coral that stretches for at least 85 miles. It's a humongous ecosystem that has probably been developing for at least a few hundred thousand years.


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The existence of the reef, which was initially flagged from sonar mapping, was officially confirmed using a pair of submersible dives. The expedition's original mission was to explore uncharted canyons, gas seeps and coral ecosystems off the Atlantic coast. No one thought that they'd find something like this, though.



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The live corals are living upon giant mounds of rubble that were constructed by the corals that came before them. It's a massive piece of scaffolding that accumulates as corals die and leave their skeletal remains behind. Cordes estimates that coral has likely been growing here for millennia. He also predicts that the reef probably plays a keystone role in the region's fisheries. The team witnessed at least one giant swordfish cruising over the corals during their time in the submersible.
Unfortunately Trump’s decision to allow offshore drilling on both coasts may kill the fishery industries for good.

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Old 08-29-2018, 08:36 AM   #2
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I enjoyed that link it was good reading. Fortunately I will probably be dead before the ocean is in my neighborhood. Buy land in the mountains for your descendants.
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:21 AM   #3
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I live at ~400 feet above sea level, and the maximum rise is ~230 feet. I'm safe!
(Assuming they redo all the power, water, sewage and transportation infrastructure that relies on sea level being what it is).
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:53 AM   #4
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I live at 287 feet, it claims. I work at 57 feet. Ut oh.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:49 PM   #5
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I live at ~400 feet above sea level, and the maximum rise is ~230 feet. I'm safe!
(Assuming they redo all the power, water, sewage and transportation infrastructure that relies on sea level being what it is).
Whats cheaper bridges or ferry boats? I imagine swimming classes will be popular in the future clothing that one can float in, stuff like that.

Well our sons won't grow up to be jet pilots as there won't be room for airports. Probably most will be in the shipping industry. Elbow room is going to be tight. If you need disability, stamps or nursing home care they will kill you and get you out the way. You can have as many children as you can afford, but after the first child the others will be sterilized. Damn I am starting to get grim.2˘.
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Old 08-30-2018, 03:55 PM   #6
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I got mountains right here, and I got mountains out yonder, I reckon I'm safe.

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