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Coral in Florida Keys Suffers Lethal Hit from Cold


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Curtis Morgan

Source: The Miami Herald

January 27, 2010

 

Miami, FL - Bitter cold this month may have wiped out many of the shallow water corals in the Keys.

 

Scientists have only begun assessments, with dive teams looking for "bleaching'' that is a telltale indicator of temperature stress in sensitive corals, but initial reports are bleak. The impact could extend from Key Largo through the Dry Tortugas west of Key West, a vast expanse that covers some of the prettiest and healthiest reefs in North America.

 

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