[Coral-List] Ghosts reefs in Florida Keys

Eugene Shinn eugeneshinn at mail.usf.edu
Fri Nov 10 12:01:44 EST 2017

I gather the 2017 paper, /Ghost reefs: Nautical charts document large 
spatial scale of coral reef loss of 240 years/, by McClenachan et. al. 
was not based on field work or local knowledge of Florida Keys reefs. 
One should view identification of coral species and health from 240 year 
old maritime maps with caution. Can one trust coral species 
identifications made from a boat or pressed into the tallow of a lead 
sounding weight?Historical maps may be accurate enough to determine 
historical water depths but coral abundance and species? Gene


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