Island may offer clues to coral reefs' survival
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The key to the survival of the world’s threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say. The seabed of Shikine island is a “living laboratory” for researchers aboard the schooner Tara, a French-led scientific expedition, who are looking for clues to help protect coral from the damaging effects of climate change. While coral reefs cover less than 0.2 percent of the ocean surface globally, they host some 30 percent of marine animal and plant species, serving as a source of food and offering protection from predators.
Island may offer clues to coral reefs' survival. (2017, April 18). Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A4.
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Coral reefs; Survival; Threatened species; Coral reef conservation; Environmental protection; Climatic changes; Aquatic animals; Marine plants; Oceans; Carbon dioxide; Greenhouse effect; Acidification; Coral bleaching; Research vessels; Refuges; Man-induced effects; Japan’s University of Tsukuba; Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes; Agostini, Sylvain; Nugues, Maggy
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