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Four Coral Reefs Discovered in the Atlantic

Marine scientists have discovered four new deepwater coral reefs off the coast of Ireland using a mathematical model

The team of researchers from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Plymouth and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) identified the reefs with the help of a system which calculates the likelihood of coral growth.  

An underwater robot then delivered video evidence of the reef at a depth of up to 1.2km locatedt west of Ireland's coastline. 

Project lead Dr Kerry Howell, Associate Professor in the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, said: 'We’re delighted with these results. It means we can now produce maps of where coral is likely to be for large areas of the deep-sea that we have not yet visited.'

The scientists hope that this technology will deliver essential data to help to protect deepsea ecosystems in the future. 

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