Desert dusts convert coral reefs into carbon storage

31 Jan 2023
Gulf of Aqaba
View of the fringing coral reefs off the Gulf of Aqaba. Image: Geological Survey Israel; The University of Queensland

An international study comparing data from Heron Reef and the Middle East’s Gulf of Aqaba has disproved the long-held theory that coral reefs only have the capacity to emit CO2.

The first-of-its-kind discovery is the result of an international study led by The University of Queensland which found that dust blown in from nearby deserts can convert coral reefs into CO2 sinks.

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