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Coral Reefs Believed to Be Resistant, Found Vulnerable in Israeli Study

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Researchers at  Bar-Ilan University, Israel , have found that massive urban development near the Gulf of Eilat (also known as the Gulf of Aqaba) is affecting the marine habitat. It was earlier believed that the coral reefs in the Gulf are resistant to rising water temperature, bleaching and global warming compared to their counterparts around the world. Image credit: Pixabay The researchers investigated if urbanization is disturbing the natural biorhythms (a rhythmic biological pattern in the functioning of the organism that controls, metabolism, growth and reproduction) in corals. And if yes, then how? They also examined whether urbanization could be a factor resulting in the global decline of corals. The research was led by Dr Yaeli Rosenberg with Prof. Oren Levy , Director of the Marine Lab at Bar-Ilan University's Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences. The coral samples were collected from the two sites in the Gulf of Eilat, at the northern tip of the Red Sea. One

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