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  • Coral Diseases

    accounts of various coral diseases have been on the rise which had lead to the decimation of keystone species of corals throughout mainly the world’s tropical oceans. Since the mid-1990s, 18 coral diseases affecting at least 150 scleractinian, gorgonian, and hydrozoan zooxanthellate species have been described in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific (Sutherland et al. 2004). Most of these diseases have been caused by bacterial, fungal, and protist type pathogens as well the increased sea temperatures, pollution, and eutrophication. Sutherland et al. says that it is estimated that worldwide 27% of coral reefs have been lost with 16% at serious risk and the corals exhibiting diseases have increased 218% between 1996 and 2000…

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  • Coral Endangerment

    Coral Endangerment and Carbon Emissions Robert Swan once said, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” It is well known that when it comes to the environment, human and destruction are synonymous. Simply look up “coral” in a search engine and you are bound to find countless articles showing how our excessive release of carbon has jeopardized reefs around the world. Yet most people, after concluding the article, still do not have the full sense of what is…

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  • Anthozoans: Coral Reefs

    Coral reefs are Anthozoans. Scientists classify them as animals. They are the largest class of organisms in the phylum cnidarian. There are more than six thousand species. Coral reefs are communities of living things. They are known as the “rainforests of the oceans.” This is because there are sea slugs, oysters and many other creatures living there. Corals are animals related to anemones and jellyfish. They extend their tentacles to sting. A polyp is an individual coral consisting of a stomach…

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  • Coral Reef Destruction

    Coral reefs throughout the world are experiencing various levels of decay. While only ten percent of the world’s overall coral reef population has been completely destroyed, in hard-hit places like the Philippines over 70 percent of coral reefs have been lost, while just a measly 5 percent can be said to be in truly good condition. The causes behind the widespread destruction of coral reefs are many, all acting simultaneously to contribute to the problem. Firstly, humans serve as a huge…

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  • Coral Reef Organization

    color and an abundance of fish when picturing coral reefs, what they do not take into account is destroyed, bleached coral reefs with dying species of fish due to this destruction. This is why we need organizations who will put forth the effort necessary to rebuild and preserve these coral reefs. Many of these organizations lack in their abilities to help the coral reefs as result of the ineffective membership requirements that many of these organizations have. In distinction, the International…

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  • What Is Coral Bleaching

    Coral reefs are among the most beautiful and important ecosystems on Earth. They cover over 280,000 square kilometers and support over eight hundred species of coral and four thousand species of fish. They are often referred to as the “rainforests of the seas”. Coral reefs are crucial to the ocean and humans as they provide a barrier to coasts from waves and storms. They are also spawning grounds for many species of aquatic life and provide humans with medicine and food. The estimated yearly…

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  • Ecosystems: Coral Reefs

    Coral Reefs A coral (disambiguation) reef is a community of living organisms. It is made up of plants, fish, and plenty other creatures. When I think of coral reefs I think of neon colors, and beautiful colorful dancing plants of the sea. Coral reefs are a submerged structure made up of many different corals, or small marine invertebrates. Coral reefs are some of the diverse ecosystems in the world. Twenty-five percent of all marine life is actually home to it. Coral reefs have said to be the…

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  • Coral Bleaching

    Introduction Coral reef ecosystems are arguably one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth. (Spalding 2001) Because of the marine life that swarms these areas, the reefs are comparable to those of tropical rainforests. (Spalding 2001) Additionally they play a critical role in the success of coastal communities, providing protection from storms, and drives tourism to these areas. However, due to unfortunate changes that inundates the coral reef ecosystems from increases in human…

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  • Coral Reef Homeostasis

    beauty of the ecosystem (Sheppard 20). Coral reefs are a very reliant source of food and protection for marine animals and are even a source of economic and coastal protection for human beings. The reefs are an area for spawning and feeding ground for many species.The human population on the coastlines are putting the reefs at risk, putting a strain on the all of the qualities and services of the reefs (Hinrichsen 42). In result of human activities, pollution and even natural…

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  • Coral Reefs Essay

    The struggle for balance between man and nature is as old as time, while precious treasures could cease to exist as a sacrifice to find that balance. Corals reefs are living creatures and ecosystems that are located in shallow warm tropical oceans, which house hundreds of tropical species of fish. Unfortunately, tourism and human related climate change is killing reef’s around the world causing loss of habitat and pressuring species survival. Tourism has a number of factors that destroy the…

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