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An international of scientists has discovered a coral reef in the Amazon River. The team from the of Georgia in the USA and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was on an to learn more about Amazon River plumes when it made the . Plumes are the areas to where a river meets the sea and the river's freshwater mixes with the saltwater of the . The reef system spans an area of 5,800 square kilometres, stretching from the coast of French Guiana to the of the Brazilian state of Maranhao. The has surprised marine biologists because reefs are rarely found in large rivers as the water is usually too muddy and dark, and does not contain enough .

The scientists only explored 10 per cent of the reef. They said there were many , creatures and other life that had adapted to life in the waters. They also recorded 73 species of reef fish, many of them . Researcher Dr. Patricia Yager enthused about what she had seen. She said: "We brought up the amazing and colorful animals I have seen on an expedition." Sadly, not all news about the reef is good. The whole area has been earmarked for exploration. Dr Yager warned that: "From ocean acidification and ocean to plans for offshore oil exploration right on of these new discoveries, the whole system is at risk from impacts."

 
 

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