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Great Barrier Reef saw huge losses from 2016 heatwave

Dead coral covered in algae after the 2016 bleaching event. Great Barrier Reef, 2016.

Heat stress and bleaching — the loss of symbiotic algae — killed many corals in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef after the 2016 crisis. Credit: Richard Vevers/XL Catlin SS/The Ocean Agency

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Nature 556, 281-282 (2018)



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