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Episode 603: Galápagos: Windows into the Future
The unique oceanic conditions of the Galápagos Islands serve as a perfect natural laboratory to study how climate change may impact corals in the future. Naturally high levels of carbon dioxide in the water, as well as unusually warm sea temperatures during El Niño years, provide a glimpse into the conditions expected in other areas as the oceans continue to acidify and coral bleaching events increase. Scientists from various institutions spent a month in the archipelago to conduct research as part of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Global Reef Expedition.  Among other things, they are studying how corals, which have experienced severe bleaching events in the past, have recovered in the various pH conditions found around the archipelago.

 

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