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Aqaba

Aqaba

Jordanian coastal city

is the only coastal city in Jordan and the largest and most populous city on the Gulf of Aqaba. Situated in southernmost Jordan, Aqaba is the administrative centre of the Aqaba Governorate. The city had a population of 148,398 in 2015 and a land area of 375 square kilometres (144.8 sq mi). Today, Aqaba plays a major role in the development of the Jordanian economy, through the vibrant trade and tourism sectors. The Port of Aqaba also serves other countries in the region.

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Sara Harrison
May 24, 2021
Wired
Coral in the Red Sea is unusually heat tolerant. The secret to its success may lie in the lucky confluence of geography and genetics.
Science X staff
May 3, 2021
phys.org
Even under the most optimistic scenarios, most of the coral reef ecosystems on our planet--whether in Australia, the Maldives or the Caribbean--will have disappeared or be in very bad shape by the end of this century. That's because global warming is pushing ocean temperatures above the limit that single-cell algae, which are corals' main allies, can withstand. These algae live inside coral tissue for protection and, in exchange, provide corals with essential nutrients produced through photosynthesis. Because the algae contain a variety of pigments and therefore give coral reefs their famous colors, if they are lost the corals turn white, which is known as coral bleaching. But in spite of the real threat caused by global warming, corals in the Red Sea look set to keep their vibrant color.
Science X staff
April 19, 2021
phys.org
Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. In the northern Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba corals also have exceptionally high tolerance to increasing seawater temperatures, now occurring as a consequence of global warming. This characteristic led coral reef scientists to designate this region as a potential coral reef refuge in the face of climate change--a reef where corals may survive longer than others that are being lost at an alarming rate due to human pressures.
Ian Randall
November 5, 2020
Mail Online
Researchers from Isreal found that coral exposed to LED lighting are spawning at the wrong time - preventing them from successfully reproducing.
By ALON BERNSTEIN and ISABEL DEBRE
February 20, 2019
AP NEWS
EILAT, Israel (AP) -- As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may...

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