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Saving Florida's Coral Reef through Underwater Gardening

June 30, 2017.  CBS News reports from Key Biscayne, Florida 

The beauty of south Florida's coastline isn't just skin-deep. Below the water lies a crucial habitat of coral, home to hundreds of species of marine plants and animals. But the beauty of the only tropical reef system in the continental U.S. is vanishing.

"Over the past 30 to 40 years, we've seen a drastic decline in coral cover… and it's mostly been due to climate change," said Stephanie Schopmeyer, a University of Miami marine biologist who's working to save the species.

In just one decade, the reef lost nearly half its coral cover. The system stretches more than 300 miles along Florida's coast.

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