Unprecedented on the coral reefs of Palau, a nation of more than 300 small islands in the western Pacific Ocean, we found that the tolerance of corals to warm conditions has likely increased over the past three decades.

Testing thermal tolerance

Palau experienced intense marine heat waves in 1998, 2010, and 2017, but interestingly, each successive event led to less coral bleaching. Such a phenomenon has also been recorded in by Liam Lachs at Newcastle University. Read the original article here.

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