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Study: Half the coral in Great Barrier Reef is gone
 
Snapper fish swim through Australia's Great Barrier Reef: Fish in these waters have been suffering from what researchers believe is a form of melanoma.
Snapper fish swim through Australia's Great Barrier Reef: Fish in these waters have been suffering from what researchers believe is a form of melanoma.
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef, filled with diverse marine life, has lost more than half of its coral in the past 27 years according to a study by scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences and University of Wollongong. The researchers warn that the coral population could be halved again by 2022. The disappearance of the vital marine life is being attributed to storms, predatory star fish, and climate change.

 

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