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August 4, 2007 | Alison Williams, Times Staff Writer
Chemicals frequently used to clean up oil spills in marine environments turn out to be more toxic to coral reefs than the oil itself, researchers said this week. Previous research indicated serious effects of these oil dispersants on coral larvae. In this study, published in the current issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, researchers in Israel used a new technique to test the effect on adult corals and found devastating results.
April 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The March 2005 earthquake off the Indonesian coast produced the greatest mass death of coral ever recorded, the Wildlife Conservation Society said Wednesday. A survey of 36 sites along miles of coastline showed massive losses of coral, with much of it lifted above sea level. The entire island of Simeulue, for example, was raised nearly 4 feet, exposing the nearly 200 miles of coral that ringed the island.
April 8, 2007 | Michael Casey, Associated Press Writer
Bowls of piping hot barracuda soup were the much-anticipated treat when the Roa family gathered for a casual Sunday meal. Within hours, all six fell deathly ill. So did two dozen others from the same neighborhood. Some complained of body-wide numbness. Others had weakness in their legs. Several couldn't speak or even open their mouths. "I was scared. I really thought I was going to die," said Dabby Roa, 21, a student who had numbness in his head, tingling in his hands and trouble breathing.
October 26, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
WE circle the mall, rolling past Macy's, past Neiman Marcus, past all the usual anchors of every upscale shopping center in the country, until someone in the car finally spots Fashion Island's latest restaurant. There, next to Roy's -- Blue Coral. Love the name. We pull into a parking spot where we're soon rousted by a vigilant valet parker who not so nicely informs us that we've encroached on Roy's territory. Blue Coral's valet station is around the corner.
October 22, 2006 | Wilson Ring, Associated Press Writer
To the uninitiated, the flat rock slabs found across the center of this island at the northern end of Lake Champlain appear to be nothing more than giant stones. But the rocks offer a history of the last half a billion years of this area, which was washed by a warm equatorial sea and saw long-extinct plants and animals congregate in what is believed to be the earliest ancestor of modern coral reefs.
October 15, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
EXPLORE Tanzania, including Zanzibar and little-known Chumbe Island, on an 11-night trip that departs Feb. 16. Travelers visit Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Dar es Salaam. They tour old palaces and spice markets in Zanzibar and snorkel and hike on Chumbe Island. The group visits Seacology project sites on Chumbe, including an installation that protects the Chumbe Island Coral Park, a pristine coral reef preserve extending into the Indian Ocean.
October 5, 2006 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
As in any reproductive clinic, the new life growing in a makeshift laboratory here is the result of successful synergy between science and nature. But these test-tube babies are corals, nurtured in the kitchen of a rented condo as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project aimed at restoring the severely damaged Molasses Reef.
August 3, 2006 | Usha Lee McFarling, Times Staff Writer
As she stared down into a wide-mouthed plastic jar aboard the R/V Discoverer, Victoria Fabry peered into the future. The marine snails she was studying -- graceful creatures with wing-like feet that help them glide through the water -- had started to dissolve. Fabry was taken aback. The button-sized snails, called pteropods, are hardy animals that swirl in dense patches in some of the world's coldest seas.
July 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Corals and other marine creatures are threatened by chemical changes in the ocean caused by the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, a panel of scientists warned Wednesday. Much of this added carbon dioxide is dissolving in the oceans, making them more acidic. Such a change can damage coral and other sea life, according to the panel of researchers convened by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey.
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