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Extensive Coral Bleaching Found Off Fla. Coast


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Source: The Miami Herald

December 9, 2011

 

"Bleaching of Florida's coral reefs has reached a new high.

The Nature Conservancy said on Friday that the most extensive bleaching since monitoring began in 2005 occurred this summer.

 

Coral that's under stress expels the colorful algae that live in its tissues, exposing its stark white skeleton.

 

Bleaching makes the coral susceptible to disease and is a major contributor to the decline of reefs.

 

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