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Coral reef death during the 1997 Indian Ocean Dipole linked to Indonesian wildfires

Abram, Nerilie; Gagan, Michael; McCulloch, Malcolm; Chappell, John; Hantoro, Wahyoe


Geochemical anomalies and growth discontinuities in Porites corals from western Sumatra, Indonesia, record unanticipated reef mortality during anomalous Indian Ocean Dipole upwelling and a giant red tide in 1997. Sea surface temperature reconstructions show that although some past upwelling events have been stronger, there were no analogous episodes of coral mortality during the past 7000 years, indicating that the 1997 red tide was highly unusual. We show that iron fertilization by the 1997...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1083841


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