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  1. 18th-Century Nautical Charts Show Radical Coral Reef Loss in FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2017 | Hyperallergic

    Example of nearshore coral loss near Key West, Florida, with an excerpt of a 1774 nautical chart with locations of coral in black rectangles, and the same area today on Google Earth, with black rectangles indicating areas of coral persistence, and gray for coral loss When the British Admiralty charted the Florida Keys between 1773 and 1775, their surveyor, George Gauld , noted coral locations as navigational hazards. Now researchers are using these 18th-century maps to study coral reef loss, with results indicating a staggering disappearance of reefs, especially along the shore.


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