Expedition to the Fossilized Ancestor of the Great Barrier Reef

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It looks like smooth sailing for the Greatship Maya, a research vessel that headed to the waters off the edge of the Great Barrier Reef earlier this year.…Read More »

The large tower in the middle of the ship is the mighty drill the researchers used to retrieve ancient, fossilized coral from the sea floor. Not all the days spent aboard the Maya were this idyllic. Monsoon season and a tropical cyclone chased the craft back toward land several times during the two-month expedition.

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