8000 years of Great Barrier Reef climate history revealed

30 May 2022
Water in the Great Barrier Reef was much dirtier eight thousand years ago. Image: Gregory Webb

A group of Australian scientists have for the first time unravelled the history of climate change upheaval on the Great Barrier Reef over the past eight millennia.

Led by University of Queensland graduate Dr Marcos Salas-Saavedra, the team analysed rare earth elements in drilled reef cores, unveiling a deep history of wild weather.

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