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Great Barrier Reef Hit By Bleaching For The Second Year In A Row

Scientists say severe bleaching events have happened three other times in the past 20 years — but never in consecutive years. They fear that prolonged stress could kill the corals.
A diver near Australia's Orpheus Island surveys bleached Great Barrier Reef coral in March 2017. Source: Greg Torda

For the second consecutive year, aerial surveys show severe coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

While severe bleaching events have occurred three other times in the past 20 years — in 1998, 2002 and 2016 — this year marks the first time it's

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