Shifting Baselines, Local Impacts, and Global Change on Coral Reefs

  title={Shifting Baselines, Local Impacts, and Global Change on Coral Reefs},
  author={Nancy Knowlton and Jeremy B. C. Jackson},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  pages={629 - 638}
I magine trying to understand the ecology of tropical rainforests by studying environmental changes and interactions among the surviving plants and animals on a vast cattle ranch in the center of a deforested Amazon, without any basic data on how the forest worked before it was cleared and burned. The soil would be baked dry or eroded away and the amount of rainfall would be greatly decreased. Most of the fantastic biodiversity would be gone. The trees would be replaced by grasses or soybeans… CONTINUE READING
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