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Coral survival

Getting Warmer

Whitney Bernstein, a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, samples water from a coral reef in the Red Sea in December 2010. Corals worldwide are subjected to rising water temperatures and changing water chemistry that threaten their survival. Bernstein, collaborating with scientist Steve Lentz and advised by scientist Konrad Hughen, is monitoring the growth of reef communities. She will compare these growth estimates to environmental conditions that influence reef health to better understand how reefs are responding to global climate change. (Photo by Craig Marquette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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