Australia's Great Barrier Reef recovering in stunning event 'Gives us hope!'

Australia's Great Barrier Reef recovering in stunning event 'Gives us hope!'

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11/28/2021 8:27:00 PM

Australia's Great Barrier Reef recovering in stunning event 'Gives us hope!'

AUSTRALIA'S Great Barrier Reef appears to be recovering from a series of damaging coral bleaching events, in a stunning move that experts have referred to as 'giving birth'.

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More infoThe event was recorded by scientists on November 23, off the coast of Cairns, Queensland, when the world-famous coral began"birthing" billions of offspring, casting sperm and eggs into the Pacific Ocean. The event sees the coral erupt with colour over the course of two or three days.

Related articlesGerman industry meltdown as prices soar to 47-YEAR highAlthough it takes place every year, it is especially reassuring for scientists given the damage to the reef in recent years.The coral bleaching was triggered by unusually warm water temperatures in recent years, particularly in 2016, 2017 and 2020. headtopics.com

The warmer temperatures have caused damage to two-thirds of the coral in the reef network, which spans 134,000 square miles.A study published last year found the Great Barrier Reef had lost 50 percent of its coral populations in just three decades, with climate change being a key driver of reef disturbance.

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The Great Barrier Reef appears to be recovering from a series of damaging coral bleaching events(Image: Getty)Experts have referred to the stunning event as 'giving birth'(Image: Getty)Meanwhile, researchers from Queensland’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoralCoE) discovered that almost all small, medium and large corals had been depleted between the years 1995 and 2017, in a study examining coral communities and colony sizes within the reef.

Reef Teach marine scientist Gareph Philips, who is studying the spawning event as part of a wider project monitoring the health of the reef, said:"It is gratifying to see the reef give birth."It’s a strong demonstration that its ecological functions are intact and working after being in a recovery phase for more than 18 months.

"The reef has gone through its own troubles like we all have, but it can still respond – and that gives us hope.READ MORE: The event is especially reassuring for scientists given the damage to the reef in recent years(Image: Getty)The reef network spans 134,000 square miles headtopics.com

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