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July 19, 2021

Coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Coral reefs of the FlThe coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located about 100 miles from the Texas coast, were polluted with human waste from runoff from Houston’s 2016 Tax Day flood and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants OCE 1800914, OCE 1800905, OCE 1800904 and OCE 1800913.]

Learn more in the Rice University news story Houston flooding polluted reefs more than 100 miles offshore. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 19, 2021)

Credit: Photo by G.P. Schmahl/NOAA

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