Canadian researchers discover coral reef off Greenland's southern coast


spaminator
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Canadian researchers discover coral reef off Greenland's southern coast
QMI Agency
First posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:26 AM EST | Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:36 AM EST
Canadian researchers accidentally stumbled across a cold-water coral reef off southern Greenland, a new study says.
Researcher Helle Jorgensbye of the Technical University of Denmark said unlike reefs in tropical areas, the first ever Greenlandic reef is unlikely to become a tourist destination for divers because there are very strong currents.
The study said the reef, which lives in total darkness, was discovered when people aboard a Canadian research vessel needed to take some water samples. They put measuring instruments into the water to a depth of 900 metres and the equipment came back smashed and with several pieces of coral branches.
"At first the researchers were swearing and cursing at the smashed equipment and were just about to throw the pieces of coral back into the sea, when luckily they realised what they were holding," Jorgensbye said in a press release.
He said there are coral reefs in Norway and Iceland, so the Greenland find isn't surprising, but there is still a lot to learn about it.
Coral from the newly discovered reef off southern Greenland. (Bedford Institute of Oceanography/Handout/QMI Agency)

A rare photo of coral from the newly discovered reef off southern Greenland. (Bedford Institute of Oceanography/Handout/QMI Agency)

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SLM
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Researcher Helle Jorgensbye of the Technical University of Denmark said unlike reefs in tropical areas, the first ever Greenlandic reef is unlikely to become a tourist destination for divers because there are very strong currents.

Also, it's off the coast of Greenland.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

Also, it's off the coast of Greenland.

Ya, they forgot to mention they were strong frigid currents. At 900 meters you could only use a deep sea diving craft.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Ya, they forgot to mention they were strong frigid currents. At 900 meters you could only use a deep sea diving craft.

Exactly! Tropical coral reefs are popular with tourists because they're in tropical locations. Just kind of a neat thing to see while your down there anyway, lol.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

Exactly! Tropical coral reefs are popular with tourists because they're in tropical locations. Just kind of a neat thing to see while your down there anyway, lol.

And the colourful fish! I bet off Greenland the fish are a bluish grey from being half frozen all the time.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

And the colourful fish! I bet off Greenland the fish are a bluish grey from being half frozen all the time.

Unless you're into extreme tourism, and they're frankly all a little nuts anyway, I think the only ones studying the coral reefs off Greenland will be marine biologists.

Gah! Even the thought of the cold, cold waters off Greenland! During a July heatwave it would give me serious pause, but with the cold temperatures right now I find just the thought of it almost paralyzing.
 
petros
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There are over 3.5 MILLION hydrothermal vents under the oceans.


PS not single one is monitored for it's CO2 output.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

There are over 3.5 MILLION hydrothermal vents under the oceans.


PS not single one is monitored for it's CO2 output.

And many are full of mineral resources for future mining.
 
B00Mer
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It must be near a volcanic under ground hot water source, NO??
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

It must be near a volcanic under ground hot water source, NO??

Yes.
http://education.nationalgeographic....n-vent/?ar_a=1

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ea...ep-sea-mining/
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

And many are full of mineral resources for future mining.

I know, want to read my MSc paper on hydrothermal sulfide mineral deposition in the flin flon greenstone belt?
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I know, want to read my MSc paper on hydrothermal sulfide mineral deposition in the flin flon greenstone belt?

OK..
 
petros
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Mailing address?
 
darkbeaver
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I used to do science at BIO in the mid seventies. My project was to study the oil leaks beneath two RR straight eight engines and monitor the delicate organisms living in the bilges.
 
L Gilbert
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Coral in the cold seas. Cool. ahahahahaha I kill me sometimes.