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Record Retrieval

Record Retrieval

WHOI geologists Konrad Hughen and Colleen Hansel core into a Porites lobata coral colony on the leeward side of Danger Island…

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Diverse Corals Persist, But Bioerosion Escalates in Palau’s Low-pH Waters

As the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the burning of fossil fuels, its chemistry is changing. The CO2 reacts with water molecules, lowering ocean pH in a process known as ocean acidification. This process also removes carbonate ions, an essential ingredient needed by corals and other organisms to build their skeletons and shells.

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Living Laboratory

Living Laboratory

The colors in coral come from symbiotic algae cells living inside individual corals organisms, or polyps. This  “bleached” coral has expelled much…

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Royal Pain

Royal Pain

Gliding on hundreds of tiny suction-cup feet, a crown-of-thorns sea star roams the reef, consuming immobile corals and leaving bare…

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