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Scientists assess coral deaths in the worst-affected part of the Reef in November 2016. Andreas Dietzel, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

How much coral has died in the Great Barrier Reef’s worst bleaching event?

Two-thirds of the corals in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef have died on in the reef's worst-ever bleaching event, according to the latest underwater surveys.
We think of coral reefs as a diverse ecosystem, but each coral is an entire and complex microworld of organisms imperceptible to our eyes. Floriaan Devloo-Delva

What we have in common with corals and their unexplored microbial world

Just like humans, corals live with myriad microscopic organisms. We are just starting to understand this unseen world.
Coral Bleaching at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. © XL Catlin Seaview Survey

Great Barrier Reef bleaching would be almost impossible without climate change

This summer's record-breaking coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef was made 175 times more likely thanks to climate change.
Productivity hotspots in an otherwise nutrient-poor ocean. High abundances of plankton-eating fish on an Indo-Pacific coral reef. Zafer Kizilkaya

Solving ‘Darwin’s Paradox’: why coral island hotspots exist in an oceanic desert

Scientists say they've answered a long-held question of Darwin's on why islands are so productive – an important step toward planning protections against the effects of climate change.

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