Great Barrier Reef Suffered Worst Bleaching.
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based at James Cook University has found that higher water temperatures have ravaged the Great Barrier Reef, causing the worst coral bleaching recorded by scientists. 67% of a 700km swath in the north of the reef lost its shallow-water corals over the past eight to nine months. The southern two-thirds of the reef escaped with minor damage, as it was protected from the rising sea temperatures because of cooler water from the Coral Sea.
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