Caribbean Reef Ecosystems May Not Survive Repeated Stress

Caribbean Reef Ecosystems May Not Survive Repeated Stress

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NOAA diver with a one square meter quadrat examining a bleached reef (Montastraea) colony in St. Croix.

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Coral reefs suffered record losses as a consequence of high ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean in 2005 according to the most comprehensive documentation of basin-scale bleaching to date. Collaborators from 22 countries report that more than 80 percent of surveyed corals bleached and over 40 percent of the total surveyed died, making this the most severe bleaching event ever recorded in the basin.

The study appears in PLoS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication…

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