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PubTalk 2/2004 — Life and Death of Hawaiian Coral Reefs

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New Studies Track the Life Cycle of Maui's Changing Reefs

By Michael E. Field, Marine Geologist & Curt D. Storlazzi, Coastal Oceanographer

  • How are coral reefs changing, and why is it a concern?
  • Agents of change on Maui's reefs have both natural and human causes
  • Coral eggs and sperm released during remarkable spawning events are tracked using current drifters and satellites
  • New information is unraveling the ecological connection between separated reefs on different islands
  • Coral reefs may face serious future challenges related to changes in climate and sea level




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