For all of their natural beauty and rich biological diversity, the Earth's coral reefs face an uncertain future
By By Kim Castleberry; Photography By Eric Cheng, David Doubilet, Jen Hayes And Budd Riker
Published September 1, 2008
Updated July 1, 2016
Healthy coral reefs are disappearing. In the fall of 2006, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force met in the Virgin Islands, where researchers issued a warning that 30 percent of the world’s coral reef population had died in the last 50 years. Another 30 percent has suffered severe damage, and 60 percent could die in less than 25 years because of pollution and global warming.
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