Great Barrier Reef: The promise of science

Some corals are beating the odds in a tank simulating hostile sea conditions expected more than 80 years later

In the bubbling fish tank marked "2100", rows of individual young corals stretch tiny arms towards the artificial light.

Some look sickly, some are bleached a ghostly white, while others are growing remarkably well despite the hostile conditions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 21, 2018, with the headline 'Great Barrier Reef: The promise of science'. Print Edition | Subscribe