Coral reef was untouched by tsunami

Feb 23, 2006

Scientists say they've discovered a large coral reef off Thailand that was apparently undisturbed by the catastrophic December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Scientists had feared the Asian tsunami had inflicted substantial damage across Thailand's network of coral reefs. But they told the BBC the discovery near Thailand's Phang-nga Province underlines the extraordinary resilience of coral reefs, despite being swept by one of the most powerful forces of nature.

Divers from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature using information from local fisherman discovered the unspoiled reef in January and subsequently identified 112 species of fish and 30 genera of corals along the reef's 667 acres.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: SpaceX ship leaves ISS for Earth loaded with lab results

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New Marine Protected Area proposed for Myanmar

Oct 22, 2014

The proposed establishment of a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Myeik archipelago has received enthusiastic support by participants in a workshop held recently in Myanmar's Tanintharyi region.

Recommended for you

Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse

18 hours ago

The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North ...

User comments : 0