Hardy Red Sea corals hold out hope for world’s dying reefs


Coral reefs are dying on a massive scale around the world, driven by climate change. The planet’s largest reef, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, has only a third of its 2,300-kilometer ecosystem left unscathed by bleaching, which happens when colored algae are ejected by the coral and their normal symbiosis breaks down.

However, corals in the Gulf of Aqaba in the northern Red Sea are particularly resistant to the effects of global warming and ocean acidification.

That is the encouraging finding of a study recently published in the journal Royal Society Open Science by scientists in Lausanne, Switzerland, and from Bar-Ilan University and the InterUniversity Institute of Marine Sciences in Israel.



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