Perspectives on the Great Amazon Reef: Extension, Biodiversity, and Threats

  title={Perspectives on the Great Amazon Reef: Extension, Biodiversity, and Threats},
  author={Ronaldo Bastos Francini-Filho and Nils Edvin Asp and Eduardo Siegle and John Hocevar and Kenneth Lowyck and Nilo D'Avila and Agnaldo A. Vasconcelos and Ricardo Lacerda Baitelo and Carlos Eduardo Rezende and Cl{\'a}udia Omachi and Cristiane C. Thompson and Fabiano Lopes Thompson},
  journal={Frontiers in Marine Science},
Here we provide a broad overview of the Great Amazon Reef System (GARS) based on the first-ever video surveys of the region. This footage supports four major hypotheses: 1) the GARS area may be six times larger than previously suggested (up to 56,000 km2); 2) the GARS may extend deeper than previously suggested (up to 220 m); 3) the GARS is composed of a greater complexity and diversity of habitats than previously recognized (e.g. reef platforms, reef walls, rhodolith beds, and sponge bottoms… Expand

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