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Could Deep-Sea Reefs Provide Refuge for Climate-Stressed Coral?

December 13, 2018 |

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This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.

“A team of marine biologists have discovered nearly 200 species of Great Barrier Reef corals living in a deep-sea reef off the northeast coast of Australia — more than six times what researchers previously believed to be living there, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The findings make the Australian coral colony the most diverse deep-water reef in the world.

The scientists, led by Paul Muir from the Queensland Museum, argue that the discovery offers “a glimmer of hope” that shallow-water corals stressed by warming ocean temperatures and increasing acidification may find refuge in deep-water reefs. And since these the refuge-seeking corals represent nearly every evolutionary coral family, the scientists hypothesize that they could later be used to reestablish shallow-water reefs…”

Read on at: Yale Environment 360.

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