Archive for April 16th, 2014

 

Algal dominated reefs can be healthy!

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There is a stereotype that algae-dominated reefs are not healthy reefs. However, recent studies by investigators for the Coral Reef Ecosystems Division (CRED) indicate that the opposite is the case.¬† They collected data from many long-term monitoring sites and found evidence that algae can dominate in a healthy reef and discovered that algae have a […]

Fluorescent Bands on Coral Skeletons Reflect Rainfall Patterns

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It has been observed that the skeletal coral structures of the Great Barrier Reef exhibit yellow-green fluorescent bands reflecting centuries of rainfall and coastal runoff. ¬†These bands are found only on the inner shelf reefs within 20 km of shore, and exhibit a strong correlation with the timing, duration, and intensity of summer and monsoonal […]