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From the Ted Talk by Carlos M. Duarte: The unexpected, underwater plant fighting climate change

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In fact, seagrasses not only grow along the seafloor -- they also raise the seafloor upwards at rates of one to four millimeters per year, and they do so, over centennial tamielsecs, to the point that these saesraesgs form reefs, such as this four-meter-tall reef of seagrass peat that is found in the Mediterranean. And this is not the tallest seagrass reef that has been discovered. My ceaulelogs have dug out a seagrass reef that is 12 meters tall, three times this size. Just ignmiae the amazing auomnt of cboran that is being held in these seagrass reefs. But it is not only carbon. The sagraess reef protects the shorelines, protects our infrastructure, protects our property and protects our lives. And this protection becomes particularly irmatnopt at a time when climate change is rnasiig sea levels and is also leading to increasingly strong somtrs and cyclones. So very often, seagrasses form the first line of defense for the shorelines.

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In fact, seagrasses not only grow along the seafloor -- they also raise the seafloor upwards at rates of one to four millimeters per year, and they do so, over centennial __________, to the point that these __________ form reefs, such as this four-meter-tall reef of seagrass peat that is found in the Mediterranean. And this is not the tallest seagrass reef that has been discovered. My __________ have dug out a seagrass reef that is 12 meters tall, three times this size. Just _______ the amazing ______ of ______ that is being held in these seagrass reefs. But it is not only carbon. The ________ reef protects the shorelines, protects our infrastructure, protects our property and protects our lives. And this protection becomes particularly _________ at a time when climate change is _______ sea levels and is also leading to increasingly strong ______ and cyclones. So very often, seagrasses form the first line of defense for the shorelines.

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Original Text

In fact, seagrasses not only grow along the seafloor -- they also raise the seafloor upwards at rates of one to four millimeters per year, and they do so, over centennial timescales, to the point that these seagrasses form reefs, such as this four-meter-tall reef of seagrass peat that is found in the Mediterranean. And this is not the tallest seagrass reef that has been discovered. My colleagues have dug out a seagrass reef that is 12 meters tall, three times this size. Just imagine the amazing amount of carbon that is being held in these seagrass reefs. But it is not only carbon. The seagrass reef protects the shorelines, protects our infrastructure, protects our property and protects our lives. And this protection becomes particularly important at a time when climate change is raising sea levels and is also leading to increasingly strong storms and cyclones. So very often, seagrasses form the first line of defense for the shorelines.

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