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Reduced salinity of seawater wreaks havoc on coral chemistry: North Queensland floods could cause 'freshwater bleaching' of GBR

Reduced salinity of seawater wreaks havoc on coral chemistry: North Queensland floods could cause 'freshwater bleaching' of GBR

New research confirms that drastic changes in ocean salinity from, for example, severe freshwater flooding, as recently experienced off the coast of north-east Queensland from abnormal monsoonal conditions, provoke a similar stress response in corals as extreme heating, resulting in 'freshwater bleaching' and if unabated, coral death.

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