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Thriving isles

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Hiialakai returned to port Friday at the NOAA facility on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor following a 24-day research trip to explore coral reefs at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Crew members Nyssa Silbiger, front, and Maya Walton carried equipment off the ship.
    Nyssa Silbiger held one of 75 collected calcium carbonate blocks Friday in the ship's wet lab, at left. The blocks were left on coral reefs during the last visit to the Northwestern Islands. She will use the blocks to study the bioerosion rates of coral reefs, which is the natural erosion of the reefs after the coral dies.

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