The Gulf of Aqaba : a coral reef resisting global warming

While corals are dying out across the world because of the rise in ocean temperatures, this coral reef is thriving.

This coral reef is resisting the effects of global warming

While corals are dying out across the world because of the rise in ocean temperatures, the Gulf of Aqaba’s coral reef is thriving. Situated to the north of the Red Sea, this barrier reef spreads out across several kilometers. It is home to a very rich biodiversity including species that are endangered everywhere else. This unprecedented situation is being studied closely by scientists.

Swiss and Israeli researchers discovered that these corals could resist very high temperatures and carbon dioxide levels. One of their hypotheses to explain this resilience is that this coral reef first appeared south of the Red Sea before migrating towards the north. The temperatures they face today are therefore the same as those they initially formed in. However, the reef is threatened by an increase in tourists on the Gulf of Aqaba’s coastlines.

The organization Project Azraq organizes dives with volunteers to clean the reef and increase public awareness. While the Gulf of Aqaba’s reef is one of the last oceanic ecosystems to be spared by global warming, an international group of scientists have called for UNESCO to list it as a Marine World Heritage Site.


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  • John W.
    04/13/2020 14:23

    Are there still stupid people around that still believe climate crisis. The climate is controlled by God not man.

  • Kevin L.
    04/13/2020 02:24

    All sponsored by the IPCC which is part of the UN

  • John R.
    04/11/2020 11:10

    This is a natural occurrence. Has went on forever. Nothing to worry about. And especially climate change doesn’t have anything to do with it. Climate change is the biggest hoax ever played on mankind.

  • Reina M.
    04/10/2020 23:20

    私が住んでいる沖縄の海の珊瑚礁も 殆ど同じ状況です。 カラフルな珊瑚殆どなく希少になりました。

  • April A.
    04/10/2020 22:04

    Global warming and cooling is a fact but not one that hasn't happened before. Antarctica was once tropical as seen in ice cores. We, however, have our hand in this one. Speeding the natural process by our use of creature comforts. We can see the negative effects quite clearly during this covid crisis as humans curtail their activities pollution abates.

  • Bill M.
    04/10/2020 12:21

    It may die if temperatures drop by 2 degrees.

  • Taso G.
    03/13/2020 18:12

    Ho wamazing is nature and hiw brutally we distroy it...

  • Noel E.
    03/13/2020 14:35

    Paola Marie Álvarez lo que hablábamos

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