[Coral-List] Cold Water Bleaching
reefball at reefball.com
Fri May 16 15:55:24 EDT 2008
"To date thermal stress is the most lethal threat tropical corals are facing
global warming world."
I'd have to respectfully disagree and say
"To date, ocean change (temperature, chemistry, turbidity, physical
disruption/destruction) is the most lethal threat to tropical corals"
....and if you really wanted to define that further it's the RATE of change.
Corals can adapt fine to thermal stress (by expanding ranges if necessary)
and probably most other changes if the rate of change was slow enough...but
unfortunately humans have accelerated oceanic changes far more rapidly than
many corals can likely adapt.
Todd R. Barber
Chairman, Reef Ball Foundation
Skype name: toddbarber
Cell Phone 941-720-7549
3305 Edwards Court
Greenville, NC 27858
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