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Great Barrier Reef Obituary Goes Viral, To The Horror Of Scientists

Dead and dying are two very different things. If a person is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their loved ones don’t rush to write an obituary and plan a funeral. Likewise, species aren’t declared extinct until they actually are. In a viral article entitled “Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016),” however, writer Rowan Jacobsen proclaimed ? inaccurately and, we can only hope, hyperbolically ? that Earth’s largest living structure is dead and gone.
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