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Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef has suffered its third mass coral bleaching in five years, according to early results of aerial surveys over the World Heritage site.

“I saw coral bleaching both at the surface and as deep as 16 meters,” the Climate Council said in a statement Thursday citing Dean Miller from the Great Barrier Reef Legacy. Miller has recently returned from assessing an area off Cooktown, with the council saying the evidence has been backed up by Terry Hughes, who is conducting aerial surveys this week over hundreds of individual reefs.

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