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

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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. Subscribe