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Persistent Heat Decimates Coral Reefs

A major bleaching event started in 2014, and has since affected 67 percent of coral reefs around the world.

RELATED TAGS: CLIMATE CHANGE, OCEAN
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Scientists watched a slow-motion plague unfold across Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in early 2016. Vast underwater forests containing staghorn and table corals, normally golden brown, faded to ghostly white. Record warming drove this phenomenon to an unprecedented scale: Australian scientists announced in April that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef had experienced bleaching. Some of the bone-white marine invertebrates were still alive at that point. Heat merely caused them to expel...
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