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Caribbean reef development was independent of coral diversity over 28 million years

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dc.contributor.author Johnson, Kenneth G. en
dc.contributor.author Jackson, Jeremy B. C. en
dc.contributor.author Budd, Ann F. en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-09T20:04:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-09T20:04:08Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Johnson, Kenneth G., Jackson, Jeremy B. C., and Budd, Ann F. 2008. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F11958">Caribbean reef development was independent of coral diversity over 28 million years</a>." <em>Science</em>. 319 (5869):1521&ndash;1523. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1152197">https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1152197</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0036-8075
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/11958
dc.description.abstract The relationship between natural variations in coral species diversity, reef development, and ecosystem function on coral reefs is poorly understood. Recent coral diversity varies 10-fold among geographic regions, but rates of reef growth are broadly similar, suggesting that diversity is unimportant for reef development. Differences in diversity may reflect regional differences in long-term biotic history in addition to environmental conditions. Using a combination of new and published fossil and stratigraphic data, we compared changes in coral diversity and reef development within the tropical western Atlantic over the past 28 million years. Reef development was unrelated to coral diversity, and the largest reef tracts formed after extinction had reduced diversity by 50%. High diversity is thus not essential for the growth and persistence of coral reefs. en
dc.relation.ispartof Science en
dc.title Caribbean reef development was independent of coral diversity over 28 million years en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 74299
dc.identifier.doi 10.1126/science.1152197
rft.jtitle Science
rft.volume 319
rft.issue 5869
rft.spage 1521
rft.epage 1523
dc.description.SIUnit Encyclopedia of Life en
dc.description.SIUnit Forces of Change en
dc.description.SIUnit STRI en
dc.citation.spage 1521
dc.citation.epage 1523


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