Long-Term Recovery of Reefs from Bleaching Requires Local Action to Increase Resilience
February 3, 2009
Virginia Key, FL - Coral bleaching – in which corals expel their symbiotic algal partners and turn pale or white – is one of the most visible impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. Typically caused by higher-than-normal ocean temperatures, it can lead to widespread death of corals and is a major contributor to the rapid decline of coral reef ecosystems worldwide.
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