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Can We Really Save the World’s Coral Reefs From the Brink of Catastrophe?

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Can We Really Save the World’s Coral Reefs From the Brink of Catastrophe?

Source: Phys.org/Bangor University/John Turner - November 23, 2017

The third episode of the BBC's Blue Planet II spectacularly described a series of fascinating interactions between species on some of the most pristine reefs in the more…

The Real ‘Jaws’: X-Rays Reveal the Secret to Parrotfish’s Coral-Crunching Power is in Their Teeth Structure

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The Real ‘Jaws’: X-Rays Reveal the Secret to Parrotfish’s Coral-Crunching Power is in Their Teeth Structure

Source: Phys.org/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - November 17, 2017

So, you thought the fictional people-eating great white shark in the film "Jaws" had a powerful bite.

But don't overlook the mighty mouth of the more…

Cool-Water Corals Can Adapt to Climate Change, But Only if Emissions Are Curbed

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Cool-Water Corals Can Adapt to Climate Change, But Only if Emissions Are Curbed

Source: Phys.org/UC Davis - November 6, 2017

Cool-water corals can adapt to a slightly warmer ocean, but only if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. That's according to a study published November more…

Scientists Warn That Pacific Reefs Could be Imperiled by Loss of Federal Protection

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Scientists Warn That Pacific Reefs Could be Imperiled by Loss of Federal Protection

Source: New York Times/Christopher Pala - November 2, 2017

 Terry Kerby has been piloting deep-sea submarines for four decades, but nothing prepared him for the devastation he observed recently on several underwater mountains called seamounts in the middle more…

The Ocean Can Rise in Sudden Bursts: Fossil Coral Reefs Show Sea Level Changes During Last Warming

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The Ocean Can Rise in Sudden Bursts: Fossil Coral Reefs Show Sea Level Changes During Last Warming

Source: Phys.org/Rice University - October 24, 2017

Scientists from Rice University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies have discovered that Earth's sea level did not more…

The More the Merrier: Scientists in Madagascar Find Reef Fish Biomass is the Key to Biodiversity

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The More the Merrier: Scientists in Madagascar Find Reef Fish Biomass is the Key to Biodiversity

Source: Phys.org/Wildlife Conservation Society - October 19, 2017

A new study appearing in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series has found that conserving fish diversity in Madagascar's coral reef systems may depend on maintaining fish more…

Tough Coral Species Can Lay Foundation For New Reefs in Inhospitable Places

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Tough Coral Species Can Lay Foundation For New Reefs in Inhospitable Places

Source: Phys.org/University of Glasgow - October 18, 2017

Tough species of corals can go mobile and lay the foundations for new reefs in otherwise inhospitable areas, a study shows.

Scientists have discovered that more…

Method Developed to Screen Unknown Coral Reef Molecules for their Medicinal Potential

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Method Developed to Screen Unknown Coral Reef Molecules for their Medicinal Potential

Source: Phys.org/Michael Price/San Diego State University - October 13, 2017

Coral reefs harbor an incredible diversity of life, both sea creatures we can see and microbial life that we cannot. These organisms generate an enormous more…

How I Sea: Harriet Collins

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How I Sea: Harriet Collins

Source: The TerraMar Project - October 10, 2017

Harriet is a dive-master and business owner who turned her talents to the fight for a clean ocean. After witnessing firsthand the problems happening to more…

Living in the Sand: There’s More to the Ocean Floor than Meets the Eye

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Living in the Sand: There’s More to the Ocean Floor than Meets the Eye

Source: Hakai Magazine/Klaus M. Stiefel - October 9, 2017

When scuba divers visit the world’s tropical oceans, they typically come to admire coral reefs, and for good reason: they are some of the most more…