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“Talking Science” in August with the Coral Chronicles

Coral bleaching happens when stressed corals expel algae, causing the reef to turn white and be at risk. Satellite data is used to predict bleaching events. Some corals show resilience, like Cheeca Rocks in Florida Keys. Spawning events of Acroporid corals are monitored for restoration success, with emphasis on genetic diversity to support reproduction. This year’s spawning shows signs of stress due to bleaching. A “split spawning” event may occur.

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