Barrier Reef sea floor breaking off

2012-12-21 16:18
Great Barrier Reef. (Picture: AFP)

Great Barrier Reef. (Picture: AFP)

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Sydney - A huge slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef is in the early stages of collapse and could generate a tsunami when it finally breaks off, researchers warned on Friday.

"We found this one large block that stood out. It is sitting on top of a sub-marine canyon, cutting into the slopes and it is in the preliminary stage of collapse."

This is the same ship on which scientist Maria Seton last month discovered that a South Pacific landmass identified on Google Earth and world maps as Sandy Island does not exist.

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