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Red Sea Coral Reefs Uniquely Resilient, Say Israeli Researchers

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November 11, 2013
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Israeli ecologists are calling for the coral reefs of Eilat to be declared a World Heritage site because of their unique ability to resist bleaching, which is killing coral reefs elsewhere in the world. The researchers say protecting them to create a global coral refuge should be an environmental priority. Jim Drury reports.


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