Hurricane Allen's Impact on Jamaican Coral Reefs

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Science  13 Nov 1981:
Vol. 214, Issue 4522, pp. 749-755
DOI: 10.1126/science.214.4522.749


Coral reefs of north Jamaica, normally sheltered, were severely damaged by Hurricane Allen, the strongest Caribbean hurricane of this century. Immediate studies were made at Discovery Bay, where reef populations were already known in some detail. Data are presented to show how damage varied with the position and orientation of the substraturn and with the shape, size, and mechanical properties of exposed organisms. Data collected over succeeding weeks showed striking differences in the ability of organisms to heal and survive.