Coral disease following massive bleaching in 2005 causes 60% decline in coral cover on reefs in the US Virgin Islands

@article{Miller2009CoralDF,
  title={Coral disease following massive bleaching in 2005 causes 60% decline in coral cover on reefs in the US Virgin Islands},
  author={James Patrick Miller and Eugene W. Muller and Caroline A Rogers and R. J. Waara and Angus Atkinson and Kevin R. T. Whelan and Matt Patterson and Brian D. Witcher},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2009},
  volume={28},
  pages={925-937}
}
In the northeast Caribbean, doldrum-like conditions combined with elevated water temperatures in the summer/fall 2005 created the most severe coral bleaching event ever documented within this region. Video monitoring of 100 randomly chosen, permanent transects at five study sites in the US Virgin Islands revealed over 90% of the scleractinian coral cover showed signs of thermal stress by paling or becoming completely white. Lower water temperatures in October allowed some re-coloring of corals… CONTINUE READING

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