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April 19, 2018 - The Guardian

Great Barrier Reef: 30% of coral died in 'catastrophic' 2016 heatwave

Great Barrier Reef: 30% of coral died in 'catastrophic' 2016 heatwave

Report chronicles ‘mass mortality’, the extent and severity of which has shocked scientists.

The extent and severity of the coral die-off recorded in the Great Barrier Reef surprised even the researchers. Hughes told Guardian Australia the 2016 marine heatwave had been far more harmful than historical bleaching events, where an estimated 5% to 10% of corals died.

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GruntVegan: The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. The reef, a 2,300km-long ecosystem and visible from outer space, is referred by scientists as the largest living thing on Earth. This underwater habitat, has over 600 types of hard and soft coral and is home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

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