Palau's Iconic Rock Islands (IMAGE) Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation Caption Over the course of five years, the Living Ocean Foundation's Global Reef Expedition circumnavigated the globe collecting valuable baseline data on coral reefs to address the coral reef crisis. In 2015, the Global Reef Expedition came to Palau, where an international team of scientists and local experts spent nearly a month at sea surveying coral reefs in ten states across the country. Working together, they conducted over 1,800 standardized surveys of the benthic and fish communities on coral reefs in Palau. They found Palau's coral communities to be in excellent condition compared to other reefs in the region. Credit ©Keith Ellenbogen/iLCP Usage Restrictions This photo can only be used in association with this story and with appropriate photo credit (©Keith Ellenbogen/iLCP). License Licensed content 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.