Coral Reefs

New GBR Study: 400% Coral Recovery Since 2014 - With 2017 Growth Rates Comparable To The 1970s

New GBR Study: 400% Coral Recovery Since 2014 – With 2017 Growth Rates Comparable To The 1970s

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Share this…FacebookTwitterA long-term (50 years) study of a Great Barrier Reef (GBR) ecoystem finds corals may quickly recover from El Niño disturbances. According to scientists (Yan et al., 2019), coral reef ecosystems thrive in centennial-scale warming phases such as the Medieval Warm Period and Current Warm Period, whereas they experience population declines (“switch-off” episodes) during […]

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Coral Mortality Rates Higher During Cold Periods - And There's Been Recent Cooling In Coral Environments

Coral Mortality Rates Higher During Cold Periods – And There’s Been Recent Cooling In Coral Environments

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Share this…FacebookTwitterIn the coral habitats of the Western Indian Ocean, SSTs have cooled by -0.8°C since the 1980s (Watanabe et al., 2019). It has long been established that exposure to extremely low temperatures induce coral bleaching and high mortality rates just as much as warm SSTs do. Further, colder periods – which are associated with […]

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