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LUSH LAWNS  Once dwindling seagrasses and other underwater plants in the Chesapeake Bay have rebounded in recent years, providing important habitat for animals such as this blue crab.

BREAKING WAVE  Healthy coral reefs are an important buffer against beach erosion and inundation from ocean waves. That’s true even in a world with rising sea levels.

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DON’T DO IT  A plastic-based, polyester towel is caught on diseased corals, which have turned white. Known to harbor pathogenic bacteria, plastic is increasing the risk of disease at scores of reefs.

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