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    Coral bleaching is caused by multiple stressors. One stressor is when water temperatures that are warmer than normal. The rise in the water temperatures cause the coral to expel algae that thrive in their tissues. When this happens, the coral will turn white. If the bleaching happens for too long it will cause the coral to die. In 1980, global warming caused 80% of the Indian ocean corals to become bleached, about 20% of them died…

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    Introduction Phytoplankton require nutrients and light to survive. Certain nutrients are a limiting factor in phytoplankton competition and composition. Some phytoplankton are limited by nitrogen while others may be limited by phosphorus (Quigg, 2016). The experiment in this paper will determine if a body of water is limited by nitrogen or phosphorus by running a resource limitation assay. Nutrient levels in bodies of water may change seasonally in a natural way (Vanni and Temte, 1990).…

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    The Great Barrier Reef; it’s a land filled with the wonders of marine life and the beauty of biodiversity. A land where a dense forest of coral stretches on for miles, and schools of vibrant fish dart in and out of coral-ridged windows. A land where sunlight dances through crystal water, landing delicately upon strong branches of the reef and small crustaceans scuttle about the streets of the busy underwater city. It is a land free from the effects of human existence. At least, that’s what we’d…

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    Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) Introduction: The Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator), is a reef-associated marine angelfish and is also called the Imperator Angelfish or Imperial Angelfish. Because of their beautiful color and attractive shape, the species is among the most amazing underwater fish in the Red Sea or in the aquariums. It is possibly the most easily recognized fish in the Red Sea. The display which the species make is marvelous whether done in the wild or in…

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    Great Barrier Reef

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    clear waters. It has no real soil, being a marine coral ecosystem, but loose carbonate mud covers 135,000 square miles of land. Its biotic factors are animals & plants. It is highly diverse, with 1,500 fish species, hundreds of types of corals, 500 algae species, and many sharks, rays, marine mammals, crustaceans, and echinoderms. Animals like the dugong, butterfly fish, jellyfish, green sea turtle, tiger shark, blue-ringed octopus, krill, cuttlefish, and Crown of Thorns starfish, although of…

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    Ada Hayden Lake Essay

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    change. Our chlorophyll a content was 18.26 ug/L (table 1 in the appendices). Furthermore, the abundance of phytoplankton sampled from Ada Hayden supports our prediction (Table 3 and Figure 3, in appendices). We found more cyanobacteria and green algae which are more commonly found in mesotrophic lakes (Claustre 1994). The results of our…

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    Coral Reefs

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    The article “Hidden Battles on the Reefs: How Will Coral Reefs Fare in a Changing Ocean?” was written by Tom DeCarlo and was published in Volume 51, Issue 2 of the journal Oceanus in 2016. I accessed the article through the University of West Florida’s library’s website by searching for the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database under the “A-Z Database List.” Once in the database, one can search the title of the article in the search box to locate it. DeCarlo intended this article to be read by…

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    African Lungfishes

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    predation upon the African lungfish, the shoebill bird seems the most common predators. In aquarium, lungfishes are known to adapt and accept –depending on their size- a variety of foods including prawn, mussel, fish as well as plant materials such as algae wafers and vegetable…

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    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…

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    The Great Barrier Reef Do you want a perfect place to vacation that has breathtaking views of some rare, colorful coral? Would you like to dive into salty, blue aqua waters? Do you want to discover some eye-opening mysterious creatures? Then take a trip to Queensland, Australia and check out the Great Barrier Reef! Today, we are going to dive deep into the gorgeous, colorful Great Barrier Reef and learn all about it. Let’s research the reefs protection, figure out how it started, and ponder…

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