World - Scientists have discovered a giant deep-sea coral reef system off the coast of the US state of South Carolina.
Little is known about the natural resources of the deep ocean off the US' Southeast coast from Virginia to Georgia. Deep Search 2018 was created to learn more by exploring the deep sea ecosystems, CNN reported on Tuesday.
The project, consisting of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the US Geological Survey, is nearing the end of its 15-day voyage aboard the research vessel Atlantis.
A pair of dives in a submersible called Alvin confirmed the existence of the coral reef and based on observations, researchers estimate the reef is at least 85 miles long.
"This is a huge feature," expedition chief scientist Erik Cordes told the media on Monday.