Australia: A Record Number Of Corals Just Died At The GREAT BARRIER REEF

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Greg Torda, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world, a massive wall of skeleton and rock built by tiny soft bodied polyps.

For all it’s magnificence, the underwater masterpiece has been struggling lately. Warming ocean temperatures, opportunistic herpes infections, and pollution threaten the reef daily.

Now, researchers from Australia say that the Great Barrier Reef has just endured the worst bleaching event in history, with some significant losses.

“Most of the losses in 2016 have occurred in the northern, most-pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. This region escaped with minor damage in two earlier bleaching events in 1998 and 2002, but this time around it has been badly affected,” said Terry Hughes, Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://www.popsci.com/record-number-corals-just-died-at-great-barrier-reef

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