Magazine article Geographical

The Drowned Apostles

Magazine article Geographical

The Drowned Apostles

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The Twelve Apostles, a series of great limestone stacks along the coast of Victoria, have long been a cornerstone of Australia's Great Ocean Road. Last month, five new columns were discovered six kilometres offshore, lying 50 metres underwater

'We had to check what we where seeing' says Rhiannon Bezore, a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. 'No one has seen stacks submerged at this sea level before.'

Reaching up like fingers on a hand, five new additions to the iconic Twelve Apostles were found 50 metres below sea level, ranging between three to six metres high. Using high-resolution sonar mapping, Bezore, along with Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou at Deakin University, detected the stacks (pictured above) while looking for ancient offshore features such as submerged cliffs or river channels as part of a project to map the topography of Victoria's coastal sea floor.

'I happened to spot these features fairly close to the current Twelve Apostles. They looked remarkably similar to sea stacks,' she recalls. …

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