Humans have caused ecosystems to collapse on purpose for millennia, to grow food or build settlements. But unplanned collapses are a different matter.
Nov. 24, 2020 • ~7 min
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Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.
Oct. 28, 2020 • ~4 min
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Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.
Oct. 13, 2020 • ~12 min
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Marine wildlife rarely remain in one habitat. Most species rely on a healthy network of ecosystems to raise their young and catch their food.
Aug. 25, 2020 • ~6 min
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Sexual reproduction helps keep coral colonies diverse and resilient. Now, scientists are doing it in a lab to restock flagging reefs.
Aug. 18, 2020 • ~7 min
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MV Wakashio ran aground on coral reef on 25 July and is now leaking oil.
Aug. 9, 2020 • ~3 min
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Hundreds of organizations are working around the world to restore damaged coral reefs. New research shows that rapid ocean warming threatens these efforts.
Aug. 7, 2020 • ~6 min
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A new study of shark populations in 58 countries around the world detected none in almost 20% of the locations surveyed.
July 23, 2020 • ~5 min
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Pesticides and high temperatures can disrupt the development of small coral reef fish by targeting their hormones.
July 17, 2020 • ~5 min
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While most corals turn ghostly white when they bleach, some turn neon purple. Scientists were baffled – until now.
May 21, 2020 • ~7 min
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