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    If you have ever tried to keep coral in a reef tank you would know how sensitive they can be to water quality. They don't like nitrates at all which sadly is exactly what fertilizer is. Add to that the acidification of the worlds oceans and I see a day very soon where coral will be mostly extinct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beazalbob69 View Post
    If you have ever tried to keep coral in a reef tank you would know how sensitive they can be to water quality. They don't like nitrates at all which sadly is exactly what fertilizer is. Add to that the acidification of the worlds oceans and I see a day very soon where coral will be mostly extinct.
    "mostly" is a good hedge for your paragraph of doom

    Coral will survive where there is a financial driver... could be tourism in some places; could be more indirect in others, like corporate social responsibility initiatives from multinationals with an interest in good PR or aid budgets associated with international environmental treaties.

    Marine nitrate sensors are coming along nicely, it's realistic to imagine coral health sensor observatories comprising an array of different sensors being developed and deployed for trials over the next few years.
    High Frequency Nitrate monitoring at Knapp Mill on the Hampshire Avon
    SeaFET? Ocean pH Sensor | Satlantic
    $2-million X prize seeks new sensors to study ocean acidification : Nature News Blog
    Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Home Page
    http://coralreef.noaa.gov/education/...4_gledhill.pdf
    International Coral Reef Initiative | an informal partnership to preserve coral reefs around the world
    NOAA - ICON - Home
    IFRECOR - Initiative francaise pour les Récifs Coralliens
    New satellite reveals places on Earth most at risk from ocean acidification | Carbon Brief
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

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