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Located off the coast of Georgia, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects what’s known as a “live-bottom reef.” The sanctuary’s scattered rocky outcroppings and ledges provide homes for a variety of invertebrates. These sea stars, fan corals, sponges, barnacles, crabs, lobsters, snails, shrimp and other organisms form a dense carpet of living creatures – the sanctuary’s “live bottom." 

(Photo: Steve Lonhart/NOAA)

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A massive reef was just discovered hiding behind the Great Barrier Reef
Holy crap!
By Bec Crew

Australian researchers have investigated signs of geological structures hidden behind the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, and have found a much deeper reef spanning more than 6,000 square kilometres (2,316 square miles).

New seafloor maps of the area have revealed a vast, underwater field of doughnut-shaped mounds, each one measuring 200 to 300 metres (656 to 984 feet) across, and some as much as 30 metres deep.

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A massive reef was just discovered hiding behind the Great Barrier Reef
Holy crap!
By Bec Crew

Australian researchers have investigated signs of geological structures hidden behind the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, and have found a much deeper reef spanning more than 6,000 square kilometres (2,316 square miles).

New seafloor maps of the area have revealed a vast, underwater field of doughnut-shaped mounds, each one measuring 200 to 300 metres (656 to 984 feet) across, and some as much as 30 metres deep.

Scientists have seen hints of this enormous reef for over 30 years, but until now, haven’t had the chance to investigate it properly.

Fortunately, Royal Australian Navy aircraft fitted with LiDAR remote sensing technology have been flying over the area, and have finally mapped the shape, size, and vast scale of the deep reef.

“We’ve now mapped over 6,000 square kilometres. That’s three times the previously estimated size, spanning from the Torres Strait to just north of Port Douglas,” says one of the researchers, Mardi McNeil from Queensland University of Technology.

“They clearly form a significant inter-reef habitat which covers an area greater than the adjacent coral reefs.”

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A hidden reef was discovered behind the Great Barrier Reef — and it’s massive

The iconic Great Barrier Reef is hiding something. Researchers have created the first detailed maps of the ocean floor behind the Great Barrier Reef and discovered a field of giant ring-shaped mounds of limestone, according to research published in the journal Coral Reefs. There’s essentially an entire second reef hiding behind the Great Barrier Reef — but it might be in danger.

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Inspired by this post about Adam Birkholtz being the dorky boyfriend he absolutely is. 

Okay but like even before they start dating he carries that picture with him everywhere because Justin is still the most important person in his life. He shows family members at Chanukah and his older sisters pull him aside and give him the kind of unsubtle “you love him!!!” lecture that older siblings are genetically programmed to give, and it hits him. He shows everyone he knows that picture because he loves Justin. Because maybe if he shows enough people, someone will see it and feel what he feels when he looks at it: pure joy. Awe at the incredible man that boy became. Someone will see that picture and understand just how lucky Adam is to have Justin in his life. And just like that, he realizes his sisters are right. He’s in love with Ransom.

When he gets back to campus, he dashes up the stairs of the Haus to the attic. Justin is already there, unpacking sweaters and humming along to Nina Simone. He looks up when Holster throws the door open, panting.

“Bro?”

“Justin, I… you know that picture of you I keep in my wallet, the one of baby you with the adorable cheeks and the purple sweater? Well, I was at my autn Judy’s for Chanukah and I was showing it to my sisters…” He can feel himself babbling and Justin looks hopelessly confused and a little fond and shit, this is not how this was supposed to happen.

“I love you. Not like I love you, bro… well, I do, but that’s not the point. Like, you’re the first thing I think about when I wake up and when we’re apart I can’t stop thinking about you and how you’re doing and whether you’re stressed and I just want to hold your hand and curl up and explain Harry Potter to you. I’m in love with you, Justin. I’m sorry if this makes things weird between us but I just realized and I couldn’t keep this a secret from you because you’re my best friend and…” He looks up from his shoes,forcing himself to look at Justin and finds his roommate beaming at him, the maroon sweater he was folding crumpled and forgotten next to him.

Justin crosses the room and places his hand on Adam’s cheek like he’s afraid he’ll break. Adam feels like all the air in the room has been sucked out. He stares at Justin, cataloging the dark sweep of his eyelashes and the way the light hits his jaw. When their lips finally touch, it’s like everything locks into place. It’s not the most amazing kiss ever, their noses bump and they start laughing too hard to keep kissing, but it’s perfect and simple and undeniably them. 

Took you long enough, Holtzy,” Justin murmurs later, running his fingers through Adam’s hair as they lie on the bottom bunk. 

“Yeah, but it was worth the wait.”