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Palmyra atoll turns into trove of research vital to Hawaii's future

By Allison Schaefers

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014

~~<p>The 680-acre Palmyra Atoll, comprising about 50 isolated islets halfway between Hawaii and American Samoa, is best known as the site where a San Diego yachting couple met with foul play in the 1970s, a real-life murder mystery recounted in &quot;And the Sea Will Tell,&quot; a best-selling book and TV miniseries.</p>
<p>But conservationists say it's time the atoll, now a national marine monument, becomes known for its current role as a living laboratory that can unlock some of the environmental mysteries keeping scientists up at night. The science being done on the atoll, they say, holds valuable lessons for Hawaii, especially when it comes to understanding sharks, preserving coral reefs and combating invasive species.</p>
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The 680-acre Palmyra Atoll, comprising about 50 isolated islets halfway between Hawaii and American Samoa, is best known as the site where a San Diego yachting couple met with foul play in the 1970s, a real-life murder mystery recounted in "And the Sea Will Tell," a best-selling book and TV miniseries.

But conservationists say it's time the atoll, now a national marine monument, becomes known for its current role as a living laboratory that can unlock some of the environmental mysteries keeping scientists up at night. The science being done on the atoll, they say, holds valuable lessons for Hawaii, especially when it comes to understanding sharks, preserving coral reefs and combating invasive species. Login for more...



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