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White Plague in the Caribbean
September 25, 2013 | Oregon State

They call it the “white plague,” and like its black counterpart from the Middle Ages, it conjures up visions of catastrophic death, with a cause that was at first uncertain even as it led to widespread destruction on marine corals in the Caribbean Sea.


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Resistance of Coral to Acidification at Palau
January 21, 2014 | National Science Foundation
Marine scientists working on the coral reefs of Palau have made two unexpected discoveries: 1) at each location they found that the seawater became increasingly more acidic as they moved toward land; and, 2) the corals living in those more acidic waters were unexpectedly diverse and healthy.

What is Killing the Coral?
February 15, 2013 | National Science Foundation
Elkhorn coral and 65 other species of reef-building corals were recently proposed for "endangered species" designation. Researchers are working to understand why these corals are disappearing from the Florida Keys and other locations.

Turning an Invasive Species into a Source of Income
October 6, 2013 | National Geographic
The lionfish is an extremely aggressive predator that has been changing marine life populations since it was accidentally introduced to the western Atlantic and Caribbean in the 1980s. Now, the fish is being targeted by the fishing industry, turning the predator into a source of income.


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