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The prospects of saving the world's coral reefs now appear so bleak that plans are being made to freeze samples to preserve them for the future.


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Red Sea coral reefs get their complex shape from an ancient 'seabed template', say scientists.


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The islands of Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are among those which have grown, because of coral debris and sediment.


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Two small islands in South Asia's first marine biosphere reserve have sunk into the sea primarily as a result of coral reef mining, experts say. The islets were in a group in the Gulf of Mannar, between India and Sri Lanka.


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