Mexico coral reef set back 100 years by Wilma

Date: 1/12/2005

A fragile coral reef off the coast of Mexico‘s Yucatan Peninsula could take more than a century to recover from a thrashing by Hurricane Wilma. Mexico‘s National Protected Natural Areas Commission, known as Conanp, said the storm‘s three-day rampage across the eastern region in late October damaged a 40-km stretch of delicate reefs off the island of Cozumel The delicate coral gardens form part of an archipelago of reefs stretching for hundreds of km southward to the coast of Honduras, comprising the largest reef system in the hemisphere.

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