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Hard Summer for Corals Kindles Fears for Survival of Reefs

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Science  27 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5995, pp. 1001
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5995.1001

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Coral reefs are reeling from extensive bleaching in the Indian Ocean and throughout Southeast Asia. And although some hard-hit areas have cooled—offering hope that some reefs may rebound—other regions are just now heating up. Based on current sea surface temperatures, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued an alert for the Western Pacific and the Caribbean.