Stunning Photos Of Recently Discovered Amazon Reef Emerge As Drilling Threat Looms

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The first startling photos of a recently discovered Amazon coral reef have been released, showing what scientists say may be a unique marine biome. 
The race to document the mysterious ecosystem is in high gear as oil companies, which obtained drilling rights before the discovery, prepare to scout the area for future production.  

The surprise discovery of the reef off the mouth of the Amazon River was announced by scientists in April. The ecosystem is an unusual mix of sediment-heavy freshwater from the river plume and seawater from the Atlantic in a subtropical region. Much of

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