Positive Effects Of Coral Bleaching

Good Essays
Have you ever just turned on the television and saw on discovery channel or something the Coral Reefs? They are beautiful aren’t they? That is why we cannot let them die off because of Acidification. Acidification is when too much carbon dioxide gets into the ocean which increases the acidity of the water and lowering the ph. I know other issues may be talked about more but if we look really close at acidification, acidification is a huge aftermath of those issues. I swear the human species as a whole is so transparent in the sense that we only see what we want to see or what is right in front of us. I would be willing to bet at least ninety percent of the country does not even know about the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs. The …show more content…
When the acidity of the water increases so does the temperature which can cause coral bleaching. The microorganisms living within the coral turn the coral white. While coral can survive the bleaching, they are highly likely to die from it. This is highly dangerous and is occurring more and more as the years go on. If bleaching if occurring, then the productivity is very low. Think about a bleached reef as a sick person whose chance at life are very low. If most of the energy is being used to keep itself alive then it is not getting much else done which effects the marine life. So what though that it loses its color? Well actually, the bright beautiful colors are because of tiny algae “living in harmony” inside of the coral. So if it loses its color that means the worst has happened and the tiny algae are dying off inside of the color making it hard to provide the coral life. The problem has to start somewhere, and we are only ones to be blamed. It is our fault the temperatures of the ocean are rising which cause coral bleaching. Twenty five percent of all marine life lives within the coral reefs. One fourth of all marine life would be wiped out if the coral reefs went extinct. So obviously let’s get it together. Who knows what else could happen if we do not do …show more content…
I have learned how serious of a problem this is. I have learned that we quickly need to fix this issue we brought upon ourselves. Myself, I will spread as much awareness of this as possible, use less energy, and try to enjoy it while it still lasts. This is a scary but true quote that everyone should really think about; “If the Earth formed at midnight and the present moment is the next midnight, 24 hours later, modern humans have been around since 11:59:59pm—1 second.” We have been here one second and already destroyed much of the world and used most of our natural

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Coral Reefs Essay

    • 1512 Words
    • 7 Pages

    The symbiotic relationship between algae and coral is at risk, if the temperature is even off by a few degrees, whole ecosystems would collapse. The algae live on the coral, feeding it with the byproducts it uses, the specific temperature requirement for the chemical process and enzymes is very delicate. The Great Barrier Reef demonstrates the effect of the acidification and ocean heating. The ocean ph is dropping rapidly, reducing its ability to regenerate and house organism, which already endemic only to the reefs. The temperature is hotter than ever with evidence with the Authorities of the Great Barrier Reef stating, "Analysis of coral cores in centuries-old corals suggests that current temperatures are warmer now than over the last three centuries.…

    • 1512 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Ocean acidification is described by many scientists as a consequence of rapid increase of carbon dioxide absorbed into the ocean. As ocean acidity increases, its capacity to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere decreases. This decreases the ocean 's role in moderating climate change, "they write (Cullinane.1). As serious as this may seem several damaging effects are happening to the oceans as we speak. The most important creatures in the ocean’s ecosystem like coral are being depleted and overpopulation of photosynthetic algae is going overrun the oceans if nothings done.…

    • 884 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Coral Reef Changes

    • 1234 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Using cyanide as a particular example, is especially bad due to how poisonous it is. Fishermen commonly use this poison to stun the fish they want, but also kill the surrounding fish and corals (Threat to Coral Reefs: Trade in Coral Organisms). When the corals die, it takes a very long time for them to come back, usually around 10,000 years to fully grow back. Corals only grow about 0.5 to 2.0 cm per year ( Coral Reefs). There needs to be a set of laws that are enforced by all the world’s countries to effectively protect coral reef…

    • 1234 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network predicts that many of the remaining reefs will disappear in the next 40 years if the current emissions trend continues. If we don’t take action we could lose it all, literally. “If, and when, they go, they will take with them about one-third of the world’s marine biodiversity. Then there is a domino effect, as reefs fail so will other ecosystems. This is the path of a mass extinction event, when most life, especially tropical marine life, goes extinct.” This was written by Charlie Vernon for The Guardian in his article “ How global warming sealed the fate of the world’s coral reefs”.…

    • 951 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Coral Reef Climate Change

    • 2572 Words
    • 11 Pages

    Bleaching is caused by the loss of the zooxanthellae, the tissue that lives in the corals. Without it the coral grows weak and it is harder to fight the diseases. These diseases can be caused naturally or be stemmed from the factories that pollute the ocean (Science 20). The cases of bleaching were relatively small, but the recent years have shown a high rise with the related matter. The rises of bleaching is the death of an ecosystem.…

    • 2572 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Coral Reef Deforestation

    • 1180 Words
    • 5 Pages

    The sedimentation and pollution as a result of this is detrimental for coral reefs and its surrounding habitats. As greater amounts of land are cleared for agricultural and coastal development, a great deal of the sediment loads and nutrients are running into the ocean and assimilating into coral reef environments. As a result, many coral fall victim to “rapid coral death by deadly chain reaction’ if sedimentation is not removed. The fine particles which compose soil sedimentation, reduce the amount of light that corals are able to access and utilise for photosynthesis. For the coral in most cases, this means death by starvation and therefore drastically decreasing coral cover over a long period of time.…

    • 1180 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Essay On Coral Bleaching

    • 1473 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Coral reefs are vital to our marine ecosystems and essentially ours as well. They are the foundation of marine life and its diversity as well as a big part of human economics. Since coral reefs are so fragile it’s hard to maintain their beauty and life without ruining them. Lately, fisherman and multiple accounts of human activity have destroyed the coral reefs and the population of reefs all of the worlds is decreasing. While we have already lost 27% of coral reefs, why do we care if more die too?…

    • 1473 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Ocean Acidification Essay

    • 1116 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Increased ocean acidification isn’t the only thing affecting the ocean, but it is very problematic because it erodes aragonite which is a mineral of calcium carbonate. In other words it kills corals and causes the hard exoskeleton to erode. Action needs to be taken to ensure the survival of corals and the creatures that rely on coral reefs to survive. Coral reefs are sources of food for millions of people, but also are sources of medicines. As coral reefs disappear so do the organisms that are mutualistic to it.…

    • 1116 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    It should be in everyones best interest to minimise the world’s marine pollution, the vast growth of pollution in our ocean is affecting marine life such as coral reefs and sea animals. With pollution on the rise it is declining our marine future, which can be a worry for the worlds oxygen with a large percentage of the planet’s oxygen coming from marine plants. Marine life stability is one of the most important issues this century. We are constantly having large numbers of sea animals dying from various versions of pollution and it needs to be stopped now. If marine life is not looked after properly it could affect humans horrifically in many different ways.…

    • 791 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Two reasons why coral reefs are being threatened worldwide are because of tourists, who cause sewage to pollute the ocean and give nutrients to algae, step on corals, and destroy coral reefs with their boat anchors; overfishing causes the mass killing of sea urchins, which feed on algae, thus algae takes over the coral reefs and stunts their growth. B. The process of coral bleaching is when ocean temperatures become too warm, and the algae discharged from the coral causes the coral to begin a stress condition which turns them white; they are no longer the vibrant colors they used to be. When coral reefs lose their good health, organisms cannot live in/around them anymore, and the babies and eggs are exposed to predators, throwing off the aquatic ecosystem. C. 2 ways in which coral reefs can be protected from future destruction are by reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers which enter the ocean through runoff, and by regulating overfishing with laws that set safe catching limits and controls on…

    • 1875 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays