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Mass mortality following disturbance in Holocene coral reefs from Papua New Guinea

Pandolfi, J; Tudhope, A W; Burr, George; Chappell, John; Edinger, E; Frey, M.; Steneck, Robert S; Sharma, C; Yeates, A; Jennions, Michael; Lescinsky, H.; Newton, A


The frequency and intensity of disturbance on living coral reefs have been accelerating for the past few decades, resulting in a changed seascape. What is unclear but vital for management is whether this acceleration is natural or coincident only with recent human impact. We surveyed nine uplifted early to mid-Holocene (11,000-3700 calendar [cal] yr B.P.) fringing and barrier reefs along ∼27 km at the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. We found evidence for several episodes of coral mass...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Geology
DOI: 10.1130/G22814A.1


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