Coral reefs are remarkably rich and relatively rare ecosystems. I had the fortune of scuba-diving in the Great Barrier Reef about twenty years ago. This ecosystem was severely damaged by the rise in ocean temperatures associated with the Super El Nino of 2015-16. Coral’s resilience is still being investigated, so it is a bit too early to assess the long-term damage. Here is a good place to start:
Read this L.A. Times article on 2016 Great Barrier Reef bleaching event
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