PHOTOS: "Pristine" Reefs Part of Planned Marine Reserve

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An ecologist examines a large ancient lobe coral in Kingman Reef--a species-rich island in the central Pacific--in a file photo.

The region could become part of the world's largest marine sanctuary under a new proposal announced by President Bush on August 25, 2008.

"Life on Earth changes all the time, but these are like time machines that take us back to the time when humans didn't impact coral reefs in any significant ways," said Enric Sala, a marine ecologist and National Geographic fellow and emerging explorer. (National Geographic News is owned by the National Geographic Society.)
—Photograph by Brian J. Skerry/NGS
 
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