Coral in Icy Water?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Canadian researchers accidentally stumble upon a coral reef in the cold water off the coast of Greenland.

    Researchers have discovered the first ever cold-water coral reef in Greenland.  They’re calling it the Greenlandic reef and it was found 3,000 feet below sea level in southwest Greenland.  Finding it was a lucky accident!  A Canadian vessel was trying to take water samples but ended up with smashed instruments with pieces of coral branches stuck to them.  At first they were angry, but they then realized they had found something extraordinary.  They said having reefs in a country like Greenland means that sea temperatures gets up to a whopping 39 degrees, making them warm enough for the corals to thrive.