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Giant Waves Break Up Caribbean Coral

Broken Coral Washes Up In Barbados With Giant Waves; Expert Fears Widespread Damage

(AP)
Unusually large waves churned by an Atlantic storm system have littered the beaches of Barbados with broken coral in what could be a sign of damage to reefs across the region, a scientist said Sunday.

The amount of rubble on the island's west coast suggests the coral took a heavy pounding, said Leo Brewster, director of Barbados' Coastal Zone Management Unit, who was organizing dives later this week to survey the damage.

"We think it's going to be pretty extensive," Brewster said. "I think we're going to see it across the Caribbean."

The waves, reaching as high as an estimated 30 feet, lashed coastlines from Guyana to the Dominican Republic last week as a large

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