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USGS Coral Reef Project

What’s Drifting Beneath Kauai’s Ocean?

Filmed and produced by Amy West

Residents and visitors both revel in Kauai’s lush landscape, and beneath its seascape. However, it’s underwater where things don’t look so healthy—at least not here at Makua Beach.

Scientists from the US Geological Survey got a detailed picture of the coral reef’s physical environment. Understanding just what these reefs are exposed to and for how long, may help explain why some corals here have succumbed to black band disease.

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