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Solitary corals more likely survive in a warmer ocean

A colorful coral reef in the Red Sea offshore of the Sinai Peninsula. According to research by The University of Texas at Austin, the coral communities of the future could be much more desolate, with the corals best suited to survive climate change living solitary lives. Credit: Mal B/ Flickr.

Feb. 1 (UPI) —¬†Corals that prefer isolation to life on a reef are more likely to survive as oceans warm and become more acidic, according to a new study published¬†in the journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.

Numerous studies have documented the negative impact global warming is already having on coral around the globe. As oceans warm and marine heatwaves become more frequent and long-lasting, more and more corals are experiencing bleaching events.

UPI Feb.1, 2019

 

Featuring: Anna Weiss, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences