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The secret behind coral reef diversity? Time, lots of time

08 / 11 / 2018, Eureka Alert

One of the world's premier diving destinations owes its reputation as a hot spot of marine biodiversity to being undisturbed over millions of years, according to a study led by UA ecologists. The researchers conclude that patterns of high diversity may take tens of millions of years to arise, but can be wiped out in a few years by human impacts.

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