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Study: A Third of Parts of Great Barrier Reef 'Dead or Dying'

Mass bleaching has destroyed more than a third of the northern and central sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Monday. It is the third -- and most extreme -- mass bleaching event in 18 years to affect the reef, said Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland state. "We found on average, that 35 percent of the corals are now dead or dying on 84 reefs that we surveyed along the...

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