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Geology student from Timonium travels to St. Croix to study coral reef
Geology student from Timonium travels to St. Croix to study coral reef

Rachel Zuckerman had a chance this summer to see one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world — a coral reef off St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. But the Timonium resident, 22, a geology major at Oberlin College, wasn't there just to leisurely snorkel around the barrier reef but rather to scientifically measure the coral reef's cover, and assess its access to sunlight, its nutrient loading, the water temperature and levels of acidity, among others. What she discovered was that since the 1980s when the St. Croix reef was last examined, it has reef declined just as coral reefs around the world appear to be doing as well. "The number of reefs is declining and...

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