Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coral recovery in the Pacific

Bleached corals are staging a surprising recovery in Kiribati's Phoenix Islands.

Great news for a world where climate change may challenge corals with more bleaching in the future. Scientists are studying the recovery to learn more about what we can expect when our oceans boil in 100 years.

OK, it's not really that bad, just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

Coral bleaching is when corals decide that they don't like their color, and go for something "jazzier" like a nice off-white instead of the more typical greens, reds, and yellows. They bleach themselves by convincing humans to burn lots of CO2 so our atmospheric blanket thickens and warms the ocean.

5 comments:

kate said...

A whole team of my New England Aquarium coworkers is on this expedition, I can't wait for them to get back so I can hear first-hand. Very exciting indeed! And the best of news! -kate

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It is nice to know that many are now concerned with our environment. Those corals are very important in the natural cycle of the nature!

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