Weird Ocean Current May Create Coral Refuges
April 30, 2012
"Global warming is expected to have devastating effects on coral reefs, but recent research points to a few exceptions.
Warming in the equatorial Pacific may actually create refuges for corals around a handful of islands, even as it bleaches, or kills, corals elsewhere, suggests new research that predicts increased upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water in these places.
"These little islands in the middle of the ocean can counteract global trends and have a big impact on their own future, which I think is a beautiful concept," said study researcher Kristopher Karnauskas, a Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution scientist, in a press release issued by the institution."
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