• Bleaching Away The Beauty Of Coral Reefs
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    Bleaching Away the Beauty of Coral Reefs Pretend you are about to go scuba diving in the ocean. You jump in the water and begin to sink down. As you start surveying the coral reefs around you, something catches your eye. The coral has turned white, and no longer moves with life. This whiteness seems to have spread over a large area of the reef. You no longer see the colorful branches swaying in the current, or the schools of tropical fish swimming through the leaves. This death-ridden reef will...
  • Coral Reef Polyps Corals Fringing
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    The modern understanding of coral reefs begins in Charles Darwin's book, On the Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs. In this classic book written in 1842, he distinguished three main types of reef: the fringing reef, the barrier reef, and the atoll. The fringing reef occurs near the shoreline and basically follows the profile of the shore. Its stony corals need a firm base on which to establish themselves, and they must compete with many other sedimentary organisms looking for a firm subst...
  • Coral Reef Reefs Polyps Fish
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    Coral reefs are one of nature's most magnificent creations, filled with thousands of unique and valuable plants and animals. More than one quarter of all marine animals is dependent on coral reefs. Coral reefs are also a source of food and income for millions of people too. The coral reef ecosystems benefit humans commercially, recreation ally and environmentally. Because of the complex interconnections between coral reefs, mangrove forests, sea grass beds, and many other different plants and a...
  • Coral Reefs Reef 1995 One
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    Coral reefs are arguably the worlds most beautiful habitats. Coral reefs have been called the rainforests of the oceans, because of the rich diversity of life they support. Scientists have not yet finished counting the thousands of different species of plants and animals that use or live in the coral reef. There are three types of coral reefs: fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls. Fringing reefs are located close to shore, separated from land by only shallow water. Barrier reefs lie farther...
  • Coral Reefs Reef Fish Great
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    Coral Reefs, The City Under the Ocean By Nick Gray Mr. Mullen English 1102 27, February 1999 Coral Reefs: The City Under the Ocean. It was a hot sunny day off the Bahamas shoreline when my family and I went snorkeling for the first time. We took a boat out to the coral reef and dove down to find an underwater beauty. There were many different forms of life including colorful fish, different types of coral, white sand and lots of activity. The large schools of neon colored fish swam so close you...
  • Coral Bleaching 1998 1999 Reef
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    Coral reefs are the most bio diverse ecosystem on the planet. There are more than 25, 000 known species of organisms and countless others that have yet to be identified (Helvarg, 2000). Reefs thrive on the shallow edge of tropical seas, most often on the eastern edge of continents along warm water currents that brush the coasts. Reefs cannot live in cold waters and are limited by ocean depth and available sunlight. Coral is the foundation of the reef community, providing a three-dimensional str...
  • Coral Reef Reefs Corals Water
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    CORAL REEFS Almost every one of us have heard and most of you have seen the Coral reefs but did you know what actually these are: As a mariner its important to know about the marine life, that was one reason I have chosen this topic for my today's short presentation. GM, my scheme of presentation will be as flashed: DEFINITION OF CORAL REEF DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CORAL AND CORAL POLYP WHERE WE CAN FIND CORAL CONSTRUCTION OF CORAL REEFS CONDITIONS FOR GROWTH OF CORAL REEFS TYPES OF CORAL REEFS THREAT...
  • Are Coral Reefs In Danger
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    Abstract Located in tropical ocean waters, coral reefs provide priceless resources to both human and marine life. The leading natural cause of destruction among the coral reefs is global warming. Other natural causes are earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons. The destruction to the coral reefs from these natural disasters is minimal compared to the dangers caused by man. Man-made destruction has a much wider impact on the health of the coral reefs. This destruction includes over-fishin...
  • Coral Reefs Water Species Reef
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    Research Paper on Coral Reefs and their Habitat Uploaded by Buster 57 on Dec 21, 2004 Coral Reefs Coral reefs are complex and diverse habitat. They are perhaps on of the most interesting and colorful ecosystems to be found in the marine environment. They are very unique in many ways. Coral reefs play many important poles in the marine world. They must have certain conditions to be formed, and to survive. Lots of different sea life rely on reefs for habitat and sources of food, including some en...
  • Biomonitoring Of Coral Reef Health Usi
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    Biomonitoring of coral reef health using Butterflyfishes (Family: Chaetodontidae) THE INDICATOR HYPOTHESIS "Coral feeding Butterflyfishes respond to declines in coral quality or abundance by behavioral and spatial adjustments that can be easily and rapidly observed." (Crosby & Reese 1996) Introduction A fundamental question that one asks when using Chaetodontidae, or for thatreason any species as biomonitors is: why use an organism whensophisticated machines are available to detect very small qu...
  • Carbon Dioxide Coral Bone Provide
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    Coral Reefs need to be preserved for many reasons. In this paper I will discuss a few of them. First of all, they houses a collection of diverse organisms, and contribute fisheries which provide food items such as fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Furthermore, coral skeletons are being used as bone substitutes in reconstructive bone surgery and maybe able to provide important medicine, including anti-cancer drugs and a compound that blocks ultra-violet rays, they even help reduce global warming b...
  • Coral Reefs Reef Water Florida
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    Coral reefs are one of the oldest types of living systems on earth, and certainly one of the most spectacular (Goreau, 1987). They are massive underwater structures formed by the limestone skeletons of tiny invertebrate animals. Reefs house a greater diversity of body forms, chemistry, and animal phyla (thirty-two compared to the eight that inhabit the most biodiversity ecosystems on land). Phyla comprise the second largest category of living things, after kingdoms. Coral animals begin life as f...
  • Corals And Adaptations Coral Reef
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    Corals and Adaptations Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive communities on Earth. They are found in the warm, clear, shallow waters of tropical oceans worldwide. Reefs have functions ranging from providing food and shelter to fish and invertebrates, to protecting the shore from erosion. Although many corals resemble plants, they are actually members of the animal phylum Cnidarian. Most corals are colonial, which means that each coral is made up of many individual polyps connect...
  • Coral Reefs Reef One Corals
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    Introduction Coral, common name for members of a large class of marine invertebrates characterized by a protective calcium carbonate or horny skeleton. This protective skeleton is also called coral. Corals are divided into two subclasses, based on differences in their radial symmetry. One subclass consists of colonial, eight-tentacled animals, each with an internal skeleton. Among them are whip corals, gorgonian's, and the red coral used in making jewelry. Members of the other subclass commonly ...
  • Coral Reefs And Bleaching Phenomenon
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    Imagine yourself observing one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Thousands of species of plants and animals provide a dizzying array of color and motion. Massive structures provide a canopy that shelters hundreds of exotic species in a myriad of microclimate's. As land-based observers, we almost automatically assume that this is a description of the rich ecosystem of a tropical rainforest. However, if we take ourselves off the safety of dry land and immerse ourselves in the ocean, we wil...
  • Coral Reefs 2 Reef One World
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    The report that you are about to read is about coral reefs, their habitats, and the problems that they are facing. I chose coral reefs for my project because I have always been interested in marine biology, and I am a fan of the ocean as well. As what you are about to read explains, coral reefs are in danger of extinction. Hopefully, man will realize what he has done to them and decide to take care of and protect them. I hope you enjoy my essay. Coral reefs are arguably the world's most beautifu...
  • Coral Reefs Corals Species Reef
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    The most beautiful and well engrossed houses in the whole world belong to a huge variety of tropical fish. These houses are underwater vertebrates that have caught the attention of many human beings for a spectacular amount of time. Coral reefs are not only pretty, actually quite beautiful, and they present a great deal of human interest; but, they also render an enormous amount of shelter for an abundant number of different fish. Corals, one of the largest vertebrates in the world, also have a ...
  • Coral Reefs Reef Corals Waters
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    What is a coral reef? Coral reefs are huge structures made of limestone that is deposited by living things. There are thousands of species that live in coral reefs, but only a fraction actually produces the limestone that builds the reef. Coral reefs support over 25% of all known marine species. They are one pf the most complex ecosystems on the planet, and are home to over 4, 000 different types of fish, 700 species of coral and thousands of other plants and animals. Other types of plants and a...
  • Great Barrier Reef Reefs Form
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    Multi strand Science HOW IS THE GREAT BARRIER REEF MADE? 1. Copy Figure 9. 12 into your book. Include the underwater contours on your map. How long is The Great Barrier Reef? Where is the reef widest? Where is it narrowest? 2. Why do you think it is called The Great Barrier Reef? Is it really a barrier? The reef got it's name by 'Great' because of it's size and 'Barrier' because it has been built up in front of the coast like some massive barrier. 3. Which factors have set its Northern and Sout...