Friday, 20 August 2010

Soaring Temps cause Mass Coral Killing in Indonesia: Study - Reuters

photo credit Reuters & Nila Tanzil

Just look at that photo! It's so sad!

"A dramatic spike in ocean temperatures off Indonesia's Aceh province has killed large areas of coral and scientists fear the event could be much larger than first thought and one of the worst in the region's history."

Corals are sensitive creatures, and rising sea temperatures are one of the things they don't tolerate well.

Andrew Baird, of James Cook University's ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, told Reuters that climate change could have played a role in the extreme ocean temperatures around Aceh.
"I would predict that what we're seeing in Aceh, which is extraordinary, that similar mortality rates are occurring right the way through the Andaman Sea,"
he says.

"I suspect the scale of this event is so large there is unlikely to be many healthy reefs in the rest of Aceh."

Full article here (Reuters)

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