Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 1, 2016

Great Barrier Reef Hit by Worst Coral Die-Off on Record

The New York Times reports

Scientists surveying the Great Barrier Reef said Tuesday that it had suffered the worst coral die-off ever recorded after being bathed this year in warm waters that bleached and then weakened the coral.

About two-thirds of the shallow-water coral on the reef’s previously pristine, 430-mile northern stretch is dead, the scientists said. Only a cyclone that reduced water temperatures by up to three degrees Celsius in the south saved the lower reaches of the 1,400-mile reef from damage, they added.

Read full story at Great Barrier Reef Hit by Worst Coral Die-Off on Record, Scientists Say – The New York Times

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