Tuesday, August 30, 2011
OOPS!!! I thought warming was doing that?
A 2010 cold snap in Florida caused widespread coral death in the reefs along the state's coast, a new study finds. In fact, the mortality rates from the cold were higher than in any other event on record.
"It was a major setback," said study researcher Diego Lirman, a professor of marine and atmospheric science at the University of Miami. "Centuries-old coral colonies were lost in a matter of days."
Winter temperatures in Florida that year hit record-breaking lows, driven down by cold air plunging southward from the Arctic. News organizations reported that Florida's tropical creatures struggled in the cold, including stubborn invasive species such as Burmese pythons and green iguanas.