Australia's coral reefs ill due to sediment, study suggests

07/17/2014 | National Geographic News (free registration)

Coral reefs in Australia are being threatened by port expansions, according to a study published in PLoS ONE. Sediments stirred up by dredging projects in northwest Australia are stressing the reefs and causing them to become ill, researchers say. "The bottom line is that sediments are not good for coral reefs and that prolonged exposure is associated with high levels of disease," said wildlife disease specialist Thierry Work of the U.S. Geological Survey in Hawaii.

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