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Rice University Explores Coral Reef Restoration

Scientists say there’s a concerning phenomenon taking place in key portions of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s called coral bleaching. When corals are stressed by dramatic changes in conditions, such as temperature or nutrients, they turn completely white. Coral can recover from such an event, but if the stress continues for too long, it eventually […]

Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef
Scientists say there’s a concerning phenomenon taking place in key portions of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s called coral bleaching. When corals are stressed by dramatic changes in conditions, such as temperature or nutrients, they turn completely white. Coral can recover from such an event, but if the stress continues for too long, it eventually dies.

It’s a phenomenon that’s on the minds of budding scientists at Rice University, where students are participating in coral reef restoration exercises.

Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin has more.

(Above: A turtle swims over the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in February 2016. Photo courtesy of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey).

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