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Dramatic loss of corals drown out even worse worries for Great Barrier Reef – Sydney Morning Herald

Experts say that alarm at findings of dramatic coral losses is drowning out even greater concerns for survival of the entire marine ecosystem.

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“It’s one of the most gripping things about the reef. But while we’ve lost 50 per cent on average, in some places we’ve lost all the corals and there’s just nothing,” Professor Baird said.
Like a reduction of trees within a forest, a drop in the number of corals thins out the reef’s canopy, which provides habitat for fish and other species crucial to a vibrant ecosystem, said Centre of Excellence senior research fellow Tom Bridge.
Its not just that the corals are living themselves, they provid…

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