Lonely Coral Reefs Might Be OK (9 of 9) (image) American Association for the Advancement of Science Share Print E-Mail Caption Scott Reef had largely recovered from a catastrophic mass bleaching of corals within twelve years of the disturbance, despite the lack of connectivity to other reefs in the region. The rate of recovery was attributed to the lack of many local anthropogenic pressures affecting reefs around the world, such as degraded water quality and overfishing of herbivores. This image relates to a paper that appeared in 5 April, 2013, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by James P. Gilmour at the University of Western Australia Oceans Institute in Perth, WA, Australia, and colleagues was titled, "Recovery of an Isolated Coral Reef System Following Severe Disturbance." Credit [Image courtesy of N. Thake] Usage Restrictions Please cite the owner of the image when publishing. This image may be freely used by reporters as part of news coverage, with proper attribution. Non-reporters must contact Science for permission. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.