Australia’s Great Barrier Reef corals bounce back to 36-year-old levels
Corals in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, often referred to as the ‘8th wonder of the world’, have managed to recover to 36-year-old levels. This is stated in a study by the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS), the results of which are reported by Reuters.
So far, two-thirds of the reef has been recovered. Over the past five years, the average hard coral cover in the north of the reef has grown from 13 percent to 36 percent. In 2022, the cover in the central region increased to 33 percent.
Scientists note that, despite the deplorable state, the corals have not lost their ability to regenerate. At the same time, the reef remains vulnerable due to climate change, corals continue to bleach massively. In the south of the reef, which typically has a higher hard coral cover than other regions, coverage is down 4 percent from 2021.
In January, Australia found a way to save the Great Barrier Reef. The country’s authorities have allocated a billion dollars – the money should go to improve the quality of water in the reef habitat.
The Great Barrier Reef is the most massive living structure in the world. Its length is 2.5 thousand kilometers. The reef has been suffering for a long time due to predatory starfish and global warming, which has triggered an increase in temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. Coral fading is linked by scientists to periods of abnormal heat.