Mar 25, 2016

The Coral Reefs that Almost Made Scientists Cry (for Joy)

Australia
Thailand
by
Sarah Kaplan
,
Washington Post
Coral bleaching. Photo: Eco Cafe' Phuket
Coral bleaching. Photo: Eco Cafe' Phuket

The discovery that some pristine reefs still exist near the uninhabited islands in the Pacific has brought ecologists a lot of joy. “It’s hard to fathom,” Smith, the lead author of a sweeping 10-year evaluation of central Pacific reefs, told The Washington Post. “I would jump into the water and there would be so much coral, so many different species of fish, so much complexity and color.”