Coral reefs are dying around the world

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Long before writing his famous Origin of Species Charles Darwin, marveling at them while traveling around the world on the HMS Beagle, he was deeply devoted to the study of coral reefs which he referred to as “oasis in the desert of the ocean “. These imposing structures

Long before writing his famous Origin of Species Charles Darwin, marveling at them while traveling around the world on the HMS Beagle, he was deeply devoted to the study of coral reefs which he referred to as “oasis in the desert of the ocean “. These imposing structures of calcium carbonate barely cover 1% of our seas but, paradoxically, provide shelter and food for a quarter of all marine species in the world representing one of the richest ecosystems and complex world.

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And like many other ecosystems, in recent years many organizations and scientific institutions have warned of the threat that climate change poses to them. They note oceanographers year after year that coral populations are disappearing without seeming matter so much. To give you just one example, and only in the Caribbean during the last 35 years has gone up to 85% of the populated by corals surface.

In this precarious situation it has joined most other unwanted guest: El Niño, which last year emerged stronger than ever.

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In recent months in Yahoo Science we have closely followed the evolution of this irregular weather phenomenon, since his confirmation in March 2015 until further evolution and development that led him to become one of the strongest recorded in August last year .

The consequences of a global event like the Child are very diverse and spread across the globe, affecting different way and other zones. In the case of large coral formations, these warm water currents are very harmful to corals causing an acidification process, anoxia, discoloration and finally death.

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It is a chain reaction that starts with coral bleaching and ends up affecting the whole reef and therefore the species living in it. During recent years they have tried to carry out plans to safeguard coral reefs but none of them are giving significant results.

The last movement to quantify large-scale corals are suffering has given the European Space Agency announced that it will use the Sentinel-2 satellite in a campaign to explore and analyze the reefs in the Pacific Ocean the damage.

Photo: 3 This satellite collects data regularly on land, inland water bodies and coastal areas, but is disabled on the open sea. ESA has now made a special request for the Sentinel-2 is not clear in certain areas, such as reefs Fatu Huku, and to continue its work of recognition.


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In this way we could monitor the current status of corals, accessing more information about the true state in which are some of the largest formations on the planet. This would also include an analysis of the coral bleaching in less accessible places for oceanographers.

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