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(Abc.net.au)   Zombie Great Barrier Reef doesn't know that it is dead   ( abc.net.au) divider line
    More: Followup, Great Barrier Reef, Coral, Coral reef, successful spawning season, severe coral bleaching, Dr Cantin, Fitzroy Island, Coral bleaching  
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2017-10-01 06:51:11 PM  
Hopefully it can come back, at least portions of it. But given how the environment is changing, I will remain skeptical.
 
2017-10-01 07:08:17 PM  
Is the cause of the bleaching still present? Are more resistant coral organisms taking over for the ones that died? I need more information.
 
2017-10-01 07:37:30 PM  

Sub Human: Are more resistant coral organisms taking over for the ones that died?


I'm pretty sure the coral organisms are taking over Dad Joke memes.

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2017-10-01 07:44:41 PM  
It wants BRAAIIINNNSSS!!!!
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2017-10-01 08:03:33 PM  
Maybe the oceans won't die as fast as we thought.

Yay?
 
2017-10-01 08:44:22 PM  
Bleaching != death, subby.

Learn some sh*t before submitting, maybe?
 
2017-10-01 10:22:59 PM  
You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.
 
2017-10-01 10:25:39 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.


Are you suggesting that humanity has never caused an extinction?
 
2017-10-01 10:27:02 PM  
Life finds a way.
 
2017-10-01 10:33:03 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.


The Earth will most likely live on in spite of our efforts to destroy it. Unfortunately, if we don't find a way to live symbiotically with our environment, the environment will likely find a way to exterminate us.
 
2017-10-01 10:36:49 PM  

Sub Human: Is the cause of the bleaching still present? Are more resistant coral organisms taking over for the ones that died? I need more information.


The reef has been under stress for some time. One of the causes is agricultural nutrient runoff (which farmers deny), and another is elevated ocean water temperature (that's elevated temperature, not elevated ocean water, whew!).

The farmers don't stop fertilising crops, and we're heading into summer. Draw your own conclusions.
 
2017-10-01 10:38:10 PM  
Look.
It's simple.
You let the roots relax, nourish them with aloe and oil, and cut the bleached part down till there's no more white left. Don't wash with soap for a week (or two, if you can stand it), and let the scalp recover.
Stupid Aussies.
 
2017-10-01 10:57:04 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.


No-one suggested we are wiping out all life. Still, much easier to argue with stuff you made up eh?
 
2017-10-01 11:15:03 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.


Yeah, generally self-preservation is a good idea, unless you are some doomsday vegan cosmonaught. So all this rah-rah crap for the resiliency of this reef is a welcome respite, not an invitation to keep shiatting in the punch bowl.
 
2017-10-02 12:15:03 AM  
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2017-10-02 12:15:55 AM  
How do you make a cart that big?
 
2017-10-02 12:22:11 AM  

Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.


For a definition of life that doesn't really include us nor many species useful to us today.

The main problem is the really fast  pace of change this time around. There's an xkcd for that, but you already knew that didn't you?
 
2017-10-02 01:44:43 AM  

AntonChigger: Life finds a way.


Came here to post:
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2017-10-02 03:38:32 AM  

AntonChigger: Life finds a way.


Not to the Moon, it don't.
 
2017-10-02 03:56:28 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: AntonChigger: Life finds a way.

Not to the Moon, it don't.


Huh? We went to the moon in the sixties.
 
2017-10-02 06:55:52 AM  

Sub Human: Is the cause of the bleaching still present? Are more resistant coral organisms taking over for the ones that died? I need more information.


There will be persistent stressors and variable stressors. Water temperature is a variable stressor, in that it's fairly normal for shallow temperatures to vary by more than 1ºC (2ºF) every few years. Temperatures in the middle of last year were towards the higher end of that normal variability "cycle" due to a strong El Nino event, hence some bleaching was expected, as has often occurred during such events historically. Likewise, as the El Nino subsided and temperatures fell a recovery was to be expected.

However, the long term issue is the trend through this higher frequency variability, which means normal temperatures now are equivalent to the extreme highs of 50 years ago, and the highs now (such as 2016) are reaching persistent temperatures much higher than recorded at any time during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Information is a lot less clear going back further, but we can use what data there is available plus some physical reasoning to surmise that 2016 temperatures in this region were plausibly warmer than they have been for 100,000 years, possibly longer. Hence, it seems that bleaching events are getting more severe to an extent that hasn't occurred for millennia and it's not stopping - in another 30 years the temperatures which were considered extreme in 2016 will be another new normal.
 
2017-10-02 07:12:21 AM  

Sid_6.7: Bleaching != death, subby.

Learn some sh*t before submitting, maybe?

AppleOptionEsc: Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.

Yeah, generally self-preservation is a good idea, unless you are some doomsday vegan cosmonaught. So all this rah-rah crap for the resiliency of this reef is a welcome respite, not an invitation to keep shiatting in the punch bowl.


Really, asshole?

BTW, it's cosmonaut...no gh there edgelord
 
2017-10-02 08:08:54 AM  

Travis_Bickle: Sid_6.7: Bleaching != death, subby.

Learn some sh*t before submitting, maybe?
AppleOptionEsc: Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.

Yeah, generally self-preservation is a good idea, unless you are some doomsday vegan cosmonaught. So all this rah-rah crap for the resiliency of this reef is a welcome respite, not an invitation to keep shiatting in the punch bowl.

Really, asshole?

BTW, it's cosmonaut...no gh there edgelord


Wrong account?
 
2017-10-02 08:24:53 AM  

Evil Twin Skippy: You would swear that life on this Earth had existed for billions of years before mankind had even evolved. And survived far more that he had ever dished out.


Of course life has existed for billions of years, but that doesn't mean it's been smooth sailing. Every now and then some life form discovers a really effective new evolutionary trick and devastates 99% of the rest of the ecosystem, and it takes a long time to recover. Right now that species is us. We're all living in the short term with no benevolent ruler watching over us.
 
2017-10-02 11:42:54 AM  
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2017-10-02 08:23:14 PM  

ol' gormsby: Sub Human: Is the cause of the bleaching still present? Are more resistant coral organisms taking over for the ones that died? I need more information.

The reef has been under stress for some time. One of the causes is agricultural nutrient runoff (which farmers deny), and another is elevated ocean water temperature (that's elevated temperature, not elevated ocean water, whew!).

The farmers don't stop fertilising crops, and we're heading into summer. Draw your own conclusions.


There is also a chemical in some sunscreens that kill coral.  Which is why reefs near popular tourist spots have been the hardest hit.  Many dive and snorkel companies may be  pushing coral safe options which may be helping in some spaces.  Agriculture runoff and global warming are still most likely the biggest culprits, but small changes can have big impacts in some places.
 
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