bubbles may protect coral reefs

bubbles – could help protect coral reefs and other ocean ecosystems. Photo: Shutterstock

New research suggests that blowing tiny bubbles through seawater may help protect coral reefs from increasingly acidic oceans by stripping dioxide (CO2) from the coastal marine environments and transferring it to the atmosphere. The technique used by Stanford scientists could provide a relatively inexpensive solution to this threat facing coral reefs today. It is estimated that 30 to 60 percent […]

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lab grown corals reproducing in wild

4-year old elkhorn coral outplanted to the reef. Photo: SECORE

For the first time lab grown corals have integrated and reproduced with with a wild population. In 2011 SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) reared endangered elkhorn coral from field collected gametes and then replanted them in 2012. Four years later these corals have grown to soccer ball size and reproduced, simultaneously with the natural population. “This event marks the first ever successful […]

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NASA to capture coral reef health

Coral reef in the Mariana Islands. Photo: NOAA/David Burdick

The new NASA campaign CORAL, short for COral Reef Airborne Laboratory, will work to assess the condition coral reef ecosystems. They will collect data on the size and quality of the reefs using airplanes and water instruments striving to capture the most detailed views ever of the planet’s corals.  The researchers will visit the Great Barrier Reef, other reefs in Australia, along with reefs in Florida, Hawaii, […]

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