Widespread coral mortality associated with river flood discharge in the Great Barrier Reef

3 thoughts on “Widespread coral mortality associated with river flood discharge in the Great Barrier Reef”

  1. Coral reef bleaching is caused by various anthropogenic and natural variations in the reef environment including sea temperature, solar irradiance, sedimentation, xenobiotics, subaerial exposure, inorganic nutrients, freshwater dilution, and epizootics. Coral bleaching events have been increasing in both frequency and extent worldwide in the past 20 years. Global climate change may play a role in the increase in coral bleaching events, and could cause the destruction of major reef tracts and the extinction of many coral species.

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  2. I was just wondering what the current condition of the Great Barrier Reef is? Has it recovered since this article was written? Its scary to think of how much life something like the Great Barrier Reef supports and how devastating it could be to our entire Eco system to lose something so important to the environment.

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  3. I was listening to Coast to Coast recently and the had a doctor on who was talking about the effects of sun block on humans and ocean mammals. Its was very interesting to hear how fragile things like coral really are, and how something as common as sun block can effect the genetic make up of oceanic life. I hope in the long term that we as humans start to treasure our greatest resource a whole lot more!

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