Taiwan Coral Reefs "Turn Black" with Disease
February 6, 2009
Taipei, Taiwan - Coral reefs off the southeast coast of Taiwan have turned black with disease possibly due to sewage discharge, threatening fragile undersea ecosystems and tourism, a study released on Friday said. The discovery of a problem long suspected but seldom documented shows that coral is suffering widely in waters up to five metres (16.4 feet) deep and 300 metres offshore from two outlying islands, said researcher Chen Chao-lun of Taiwan's state-funded Academia Sinica.
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