05 Sep '12, 7pm

Deforestation is killing Madagascar's coral reefs

mongabay.com September 05, 2012 Antongil Bay Sediment carried by rivers draining deforested areas in Madagascar is smothering local coral reefs, increasing the incidence of disease and suppressing growth, report new studies published in the journals Biogeosciences and Marine Pollution Bulletin . The first study looked specifically at coral communities in Antongil Bay, located in northeastern Madagascar, while the second included data from Western Madagascar. Antongil Bay is Madagascar's largest bay and world-famous as nursing grounds for humpback whales. The authors analyzed coral's luminescent bands, which reveal the growth history of coral much like growth rings of a tree. They found that corals near rivers "showed clear signs of disease and distorted growth patterns", according to study co-author Jens Zinke of the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute. "Res...

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