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Press Release 14-010

Palau's coral reefs surprisingly resistant to ocean acidification

Corals living in more acidic waters are healthy, but is the situation one-of-a-kind?

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Corals around Palau's Rock Islands.

Corals living in more acidic bays around Palau's Rock Islands are surprisingly healthy.

Credit: Palau International Coral Reef Center


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maps showing Palau's location in the western Pacific Ocean.

Where is Palau? The island nation is located in the western Pacific Ocean.

Credit: NOAA


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Aerial view of Palau's Rock Islands

Aerial view of Palau's Rock Islands, where the research was conducted.

Credit: NOAA


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A Rock Islands of Palau canal surrounded by trees.

The Rock Islands of Palau are a maze with many channels and inlets for water to wind around.

Credit: Pat Lohmann, WHOI


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Biogeochemist Anne Cohen with diving gear.

Biogeochemist Anne Cohen is developing tools to quantify coral resilience to ocean acidification.

Credit: Ari Shapiro, WHOI


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oceanographer Katie Shamberger with instruments that measure carbon dioxide in seawater.

Chemical oceanographer Katie Shamberger with instruments that measure carbon dioxide in seawater.

Credit: Tom Kleindinst, WHOI


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