Isolated Coral Reefs Far From Human Activity Are Not Healthier
(Click to enlarge) Corallium rubrum and other deep-sea corals are affected by ocean acidification. (Credit: Paolo Montagna, LDEO)
For the world’s coral reefs, the picture keeps getting gloomier. Although it’s widely assumed that both local and global factors are contributing to their decline, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that isolated reefs far from human activities are in fact not healthier than those in more densely populated areas.
(From Phys.org)– The work, led by John Bruno, a professor of marine biology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, marks the first global test of the hypothesis that isolated reefs are suffering from less damage.
“We often mythologize isolated coral reefs as pristine and safe from harm,” said Bruno. “In fact, coral loss on some of our isolated reefs is just as dramatic as coral decline on reefs adjacent to more densely populated islands.” Read the full story »