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Ocean Heat Waves Kill Coral Instantly, Study Finds

Marine heat waves are increasing in frequency, duration and intensity, which spell trouble for corals, according to new research from scientists working at the Great Barrier Reef.  The increased frequency in heat waves is a direct byproduct of the climate crisis the scientists say, as the BBC reported.  The researchers knew that oceanic heat waves contributed to coral degradation, or bleaching, where the coral sheds the colorful algae covering and nourishing it and the coral slowly starves. What surprised the scientists was just how rapidly they died off when they experience a heat wave, according to Agence France Presse.  Read more....

 

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