Photos Document Coral Forest Annihilation

by John Nielsen
Morning Edition, December 26, 2007

When ancient forests are cut down, there’s usually a big public uproar — unless it’s a coral forest at the bottom of an ocean. In those cases, hardly anybody sees what’s being lost. As a result, it’s easy to forget what’s gone.

But that’s not what has happened to a set of ruined coral reefs found off the coast of Florida, thanks to 70,000 underwater photos taken back in the 1970s and 1980s. For decades these pictures have been sitting in the office of John Reed, a senior scientist of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. He and the late Robert Avent found and mapped these deep water reefs 30 years ago.

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