Coral Bleaching Likely in Caribbean This Year

According to the NOAA Coral Reef Watch monitoring system, coral bleaching is likely in the Caribbean in 2010.  Coral bleaching is when the water gets to warm and the coral die off because as a result of this.  The waters in the Caribbean have been warmer than usual all year long.  The prolonged coral bleaching has the potential to wipe out the coral in that region, which would lead to the loss of marine habitats.    The hard part is there is really nothing that can be done to prevent this from happening.  The decline and loss of coral reefs has significant social, cultural, economic and ecological impacts on people and communities in the Caribbean, the United States, Australia and throughout the world.


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