Great Barrier Reef Coral Whitening

For thousands of years, ecosystems have weathered the crisis of fires, floods, heat waves, droughts and even diseases by adapting and rebuilding their biodiversity communities.


However, a recent study shows that even the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest and most resilient region, has its limits; as one of the most precious habitats on the planet, The barrier reef has been repeatedly damaged by climate change, and its tolerance is also facing a severe test.


The research was published in Nature on Wednesday (April 3, local time) and the scholars from the Australian ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. In 2016 and 2017, under the influence of the ocean heat wave, a large number of bleaching disasters occurred in the Great Barrier Reef; this study traced the death and birth of corals.


The climate change has led to large-scale deaths of adult corals; even worse, researchers have observed for the first time that the number of newborn coral larvae settled on the Great Barrier Reef has plummeted, thus demonstrating damage to their resilience.