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Corals grow in patterns, even if we can’t always see them

There’s a method to the reef madness.

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Corals at Palmyra Atoll in the central Pacific.

The colorful riot of a might seem chaotic, but new research indicates that it’s actually far from random. Scientists have created 3D maps of 17,000 square feet of reefs and discovered that corals grow in patterns. Some species huddle close together, while others are less densely packed. These clusters

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