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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on July 19, 2016

If you had to choose, would you favor coal or coral?

A recent New York Times article entitled Coral vs Coal details the struggle in Australia between the climate change deniers and the climate change chroniclers. And unfortunately it does appear to come down to choosing between the two. “The reef, one of the largest living things on earth, has started to fail. Whether it can recover is unclear. An organism roughly the size of Germany is bleach

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on April 20, 2016

Worldwide coral bleaching event enhanced by El Nino

Coral bleaching is a phenomena that results from high ocean temperatures. Coral thrives in a narrow temperature window, unable to grow if the water becomes either too hot or too cold. Sometimes a worldwide or regional weather pattern of particularly high temperatures will cause coral bleaching, where the coral dies as a result, turning white rather than it’s natural color of tan, yellow, bro

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on October 21, 2015

El Nino and coral bleaching

The current El Nino is not only affecting weather patterns across the US and the Caribbean, but it has also set in motion another widespread coral bleaching event. Coral bleaching occurs when ocean temperatures rise too much above average, and the coral organism reacts by discharging the algae it depends on for food. After this happens the coral will die, leaving behind its white skeleton of pure

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