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Diagnosis and Rx for U.S. Coral Reefs

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Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 39
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.39

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The most comprehensive look yet at U.S. coral reefs is confirming many of marine biologists� worst fears. The report substantiates the extensive degradation of reefs that come under the purview of the United States--as well as reefs surrounding its former territories Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau--by various insults including disease, overfishing, pollution, storms, and global warming.