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Scientists have discovered that coral has layers.
Scientists have discovered that coral has layers, and some scientists have measured these layers claiming that they show slow growth over long periods of time. However, it has been shown that coral can grow quickly. With this knowledge, even the “oldest” reefs would only be a few thousand years old. This is consistent with a young earth, created only about 6,000 years ago.
CLASS: Anthozoa (corals and sea anemones)
SUBCLASS: Alcyonaria (soft) and Zoantharia (stony)
ORDER: Nine orders within the two subclasses
GENUS/SPECIES: Over 5,000 different species
Size: A few millimeters
Depth: Up to 200 ft (60 m); one rare species found as deep as 9,800 ft (3,000 m)
Diet: Zooplankton, small fishes, organic debris
Habitat: In shallow, warm waters worldwide