2016-08-15. Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Signs of Life.

posted Aug 19, 2016, 12:06 PM by Alan Gould
By Karen Weintraub, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 7. Excerpt: On the floor of a remote island lagoon halfway between Hawaii and Fiji, the giant reef site had been devastated by unusually warm water. Its remains looked like a pile of drab dinner plates tossed into the sea. Research dives in 2009 and 2012 had shown little improvement in the coral colonies. Then in 2015, a team of marine biologists was stunned and overjoyed to find Coral Castles, genus Acropora, once again teeming with life. But the rebound came with a big question: Could the enormous and presumably still fragile coral survive what would be the hottest year on record? This month, the Massachusetts-based research team finished a new exploration of the reefs in the secluded Phoenix Islands, a tiny Pacific archipelago, and were thrilled by what they saw. ...they were greeted with a vista of bright greens and purples — unmistakable signs of life....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/science/coral-reef-climate-change.html