Saturday, July 17, 2010

Super corals survive high temperatures

What a story, super corals, intrepid scientists, and a race to save the world's coral reefs. Visit Ofu with Stanford professor Steve Palumbi and find out all about it.

Corals on Ofu survive periodic heating up to 94 F (34 C), a temperature that would kill most corals. They seem to have super algae symbionts that help, but that's not the whole story.

Is there a lesson here that will help corals survive warming oceans, and perhaps even survive the ocean acid monster? Maybe!

Great to know there are a few good news stories for corals these days, even as the world's corals decline.

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