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Cardenas discovered the region -- which he calls "Soda Springs" -- while studying how groundwater from a nearby island could affect the ocean environment of the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines....Cardenas said that the high CO2 levels could make Soda Springs an ideal spot for studying how coral reefs may cope with climate change...."These high CO2 environments that are actually close to thriving reefs, how does it work?"....

Searching for super-corals living on the edge
In 2016 an expedition to a remote lagoon system in New Caledonia yielded surprising results. A diverse community of reef-building corals had adapted to thrive under extreme conditions – hot, acidic, low-oxygen waters associated with mangroves – and showed there may be a way for corals to adapt and survive in a warming world. The discovery, a joint venture between UTS and International Research for Development, Noumea (IRD), was recently published in Scientific Reports.

"The existence of corals living under this usually deadly trio of conditions, comparable and even exceeding what is predicted under climate change, gives us new hope that some corals will be able to persist into the future," Dr Camp said....Dr Camp will now turn her attention to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, previously uncharted for mangrove systems housing corals, thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society Waitt Foundation....

"By exploring the very margins – such as reef-neighbouring mangroves that are often ignored by coral surveys – we're continually finding populations of super-coral that are resistant to hot, acidic and hypoxic conditions predicted under climate change. This is a game changer for how we consider coral reef resilience into the future for the Great Barrier Reef."

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