Study: Half of Great Barrier Reef coral lost in last 27 years

BBC: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its coral cover in the past 27 years, a study shows. Results from the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, show that coral cover declined from 28% to 13.8% between 1985 and 2012. Researchers attribute the decline to storms, a coral-feeding starfish and bleaching linked to climate change.

Photo: A Harlequin Tuskfish shows off its tusks at Heron Island, a popular diving spot in the southern Great Barrier Reef. (Courtesy: Caitlin Seaview Survey)

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    ^^^ Yes, I second that!!!
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    Glad I went when I did =(
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    Yeah, GBR is pretty great, especially the outer reef, but it’s very expensive to dive there. You get your money’s worth...
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    this makes me want to hurry up and save money to go visit before all that’s left are pictures
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