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Deep-diving scientists say shallow reefs can't rely on twilight zone systems for recovery: Deep mesophotic reefs are unique systems bursting with life and deserving of lasting protection from global change and climate threats

Deep-diving scientists say shallow reefs can't rely on twilight zone systems for recovery: Deep mesophotic reefs are unique systems bursting with life and deserving of lasting protection from global change and climate threats

A team of highly trained scientific divers explored Pacific and western Atlantic reefs to test a widely held hypothesis that climate-stressed life from shallow reefs can take refuge at mesophotic depths (100-500 feet beneath the ocean's surface). The results are clear: deep and shallow reefs are different systems with their own species, and deep reefs are just as threatened by climate impacts, storms, and pollution.

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