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When coral species vanish, their absence can imperil surviving corals

Waves of annihilation have beaten coral reefs down to a fraction of what they were 40 years ago, and what's left may be facing creeping death: The effective extinction of many coral Species may be weakening reef systems thus siphoning life out of the corals that remain. A wave of death sweeps over an experimental plot of corals made up of a single species. Plots of corals containing  three species faired much better. Biodiversity...

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