The Coral Reef that’s Taller than the Empire State Building!

The Coral Reef thats Taller than the Empire State Building!

Isaac Nisolo, Opinion Editor

A giant detached coral reef not only the size of, but LARGER than the Empire State Building has been discovered, relatively recently (October 20th, 2020).  Scientists discovered this phenomenon in the Great Barrier Reef, off the northeast coast of Australia.

    Researchers described this gigantic coral reef as “blade-like”  says “Treehugger,” a corporation about sustainability and nature discoveries.  They said it measures 0.9 miles wide, then rises 1,640 feet at its greatest height, to its shallowest depth of 131 feet below the sea surface. By comparison, the Empire State Building stands 1,250 feet at its top floor.

The Great Barrier Reef is not only the largest reef of all time but it is also home to many, many sea creatures, including 1,625 species of fish.  Sadly, this reef is in danger.


Ending on a negative note in a mostly positive article; half of the reef has died in the past twenty-five years. This trend will almost definitely continue until the whole reef is gone unless we take drastic action.