[Coral-List] Rising sea levels may not submerge atoll islands

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Tue Aug 12 18:49:42 EDT 2014

>From Science Now (free online general interest articles you can sign up

"Warming may not swamp islands."


The original short article in Science that this is based on has a sentence
I particularly like, which goes

"As long as the reef is healthy and generates an abundant supply of sand,
there’s no reason a reef island can’t grow and keep up."

That is, of course, a very big "if."  If on the other hand, global
warming-caused mass coral bleaching, acidification, sedimentation,
nutrients, overfishing, etc. severely damage the corals and/or coralline
algae, then maybe reefs and islands won't be able to keep up.  Healthy
corals and reefs will be critical, atoll island survival hangs in the

Cheers,  Doug

Douglas Fenner
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