Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | April 13, 2007

Coral reefs in the News

Earthquake causes massive coral die-off

“A strong earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Sumatra island two years ago caused one of the biggest coral die-offs ever documented, a study by scientists from two conservation groups found.”

Read article at MSNBC
TPE Link – Reefs; Plate Boundaries and Earthquakes

Ancient Coral Reef Tells The History Of Kenya’s Soil Erosion

“Coral reefs, like tree rings, are natural archives of climate change. But oceanic corals also provide a faithful account of how people make use of land through history, says Robert B. Dunbar of Stanford University.”

Read article at ScienceDaily.com
TPE Link – Reefs; Water erosion

Image: Fringing reef around Howland Island, Pacific Ocean.
Courtesy NASA Astronaut photograph ISS010-E-9287.

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