Global Warming, Coral Reefs and Symbiont Shuffling

By | March 22, 2012





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In light of the many recent observations, the prospect of earth’s corals being able to successfully cope with the possibility of further increases in water temperatures, be they anthropogenic-induced or natural, appears more than likely, if not altogether certain. Corals have survived such warmth — and worse — many times in the past, including the Medieval Warm Period, Roman Warm Period, Holocene Optimum, as well as throughout numerous similar periods during a number of prior interglacial periods; and there is no reason to believe they cannot do it again, if the need arises.

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