The Great Barrier Reef Has Been Hiding A Massive New Reef?!

August 30 2016

University of Sydney, James Cook University and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) scientists working with laser data from the Royal Australian Navy have discovered a vast reef behind the familiar Great Barrier Reef!

Find out more about the Geocoastal Research Group, and make sure you check out the article by Mardi McNeil, Jody Webster (School of Geosciences, University of Sydney), Robin Beaman and Trevor Graham on 'New constraints on the spatial distribution and morphology of the Halimeda bioherms of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia' here.

This news story has also been covered by Smithsonian Magazine and International Business Times.

Check out James Cook University's press release.


North-westerly view of the Bligh Reef area off Cape York. Depths are coloured red (shallow) to blue (deep), over a depth range of about 50 metres. Bathymetry data from Australian Hydrographic Service.