Bleaching "Hotspots"

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Tue Jul 21 13:39:13 EDT 1998

HotSpot Notes   July 21, 1998

NOAA satellite data shows "HotSpots" and related coral reef bleaching appears 
to be on the increase again, after a brief drop in intensity during the past 
month.  Ocean surface temperatures are becoming "near-critical" for potential 
bleaching in the following areas in the western hemisphere:

     - much of the Gulf of Mexico [Texas Flower Gardens?] 
     - northern Caribbean 
     - the Bahamas
     - south of Bermuda

Bleaching appears to be continuing at the following eastern hemisphere 

     - Cambodian coast -- central South China Sea -- N. Philippines
     - portions of the Red Sea 
     - areas in the southern Persian Gulf 
     - portions of eastern Mediterranean [bleaching reported off Israel]!

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Alan E. Strong
  Phys Scientist/Oceanographer                    Adj Assoc Res Professor
  NOAA/NESDIS/ORA/ORAD -- E/RA3                    US Naval Academy
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