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After the 2016 El Niņo, coral reefs in Moorea are thriving -- why?

An NSF Moorea Coral Reef LTER site research boat is moored on an outer reef; background is Tahiti.

An NSF Moorea Coral Reef LTER site research boat is moored on an outer reef; background is Tahiti.

Credit: Peter Edmunds


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Diver checking coral reef.

Researchers, here Dan Sternberg, assist with the deployment of coral settlement tiles on the reefs.

Credit: Peter Edmunds


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Unglazed terracotta tiles are bolted to the reef, and baby corals settle onto the tiles.

Unglazed terracotta tiles are bolted to the reef, and baby corals settle onto the tiles.

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Tiles like these were attached deeper on the outer reef and shallower on the back reef.

Tiles like these were attached deeper on the outer reef and shallower on the back reef.

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NSF Moorea LTER researcher Vincent Moriarty helps with placing settlement tiles on the back reef.

NSF Moorea LTER researcher Vincent Moriarty helps with placing settlement tiles on the back reef.

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To test for El Niņo effects on coral recruitment, the scientists deployed 250 settlement tiles.

To test for El Niņo effects on coral recruitment, the scientists deployed 250 settlement tiles.

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