* Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. The polyps are like...
The Advantages of Coral Reef for Human
Coral reefs are among the most ancient of earth`s natural wonders. It is because they are the most biologically diverse ecosystem
on the planet. Coral reefs are second only to the great rain forest of the
world. Coral reefs are aptly and often referred...
Endangerment of Coral Reefs
Bernardshan (Ben) Mohan
SC/NATs 1840 Science, Technology and the Environment
November 25, 2009
Coral reefs are considered to be the rainforest of the oceans and arguably the most beautiful habitat in the world. Coral reefs are underwater...
Case Study: St. Lucia/Caribbean – a study of coral reefs under threat
1a) The main area where coral reefs are found is in the Indo-Pacific region. It can be divided into an eastern and western region. The eastern sub-region includes the Red Sea, the western part of the Indian Ocean and the eastern...
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...
Elkhorn and staghorn corals in waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This tissue loss resulted in a distinct line of bare white skeleton, after which this disease is named. Although scientists are unsure about the cause of this disease, it is suspected that algal overgrowth of the coral maybe the primary cause...
ecosystem—including coral reefs. One that’ being damaged right now, little by little, is none other than the Great Barrier Reef. Who knows—in a few decades, it might even be wiped out.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, off the northeastern coast of Australia, is where the Great Barrier Reef lies. It extends...
Coral Reef Preservation and Protection
Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, yet they are the most important habitat in the ocean. More and more coral reefs every are killed every year by careless humans not thinking of the destruction they are causing to the reefs in their paths. Over...
The Invasion of Lionfish
Did you know that almost eighty percent of the fish living on a reef could be killed by a single fish that is only about the size of a human hand? This fish happens to be called the lionfish and is mostly known for its beautiful features and deadly poison. Lionfish are indigenous...
precious touristic resources; the invaluable industry will soon die out. The following essay will look in depth at the declining state of Thailand’s coral reefs in relation to its continually growing tourism industry, and discuss the reasons for this negative environmental effect. It will then go on to explore...
Barrier Reef as "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies" (Encyclopedia). This description still holds true today. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which includes the Belize submarine shelf and its barrier reef is the world's second largest barrier reef system and the largest reef complex...
Coral reefs have been dubbed the ‘gardens of the sea.’ Burke and Maidens (2004) describe them as both physical structures and complex ecosystems. The physical structure is formed from the secretions of calcium carbonate by tiny marine organisms called coral polyps, which forms a...
see that animals have to make sacrifices to keep on living, just as we must do in the near future. The animals should be an early warning sign to people that our earth is changing quickly and we need to do something about it. If we don’t act soon, there will be no way of going back. The report also...
The world has already lost 20 percent of coral reefs worldwide with another 15 percent in critical condition ("Epa", 2012), with this being said protection for the reefs needs to be in place. Coral reefs are a complex and diverse habitat. There are three different types of interesting...
Review of the Literature
What are Coral Reefs?
Coral reefs are said to be the foundation for many marine species, and are a crucial support for human life. The coral reef ecosystem is an a diverse collection of species that interact with each other and the physical environment...
Off the Caribbean coast of Belize, between Mexico and Guatemala, lies the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the northern and western hemispheres. The reef is home to many species of coral reefs, coastal lagoons, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests. It provides a habitat for a large number of...
that is a common attraction throughout saltwater aquariums (Invasive, 2012). Lionfish are rare to see and look much different than most fish. Many people find Lionfish interesting and mystical. This is the reason they are found in many saltwater aquariums. Lionfish are traditionally located in the Indian...
English 2 Honors
31 May 2011
What is Coral bleaching? Coral bleaching is the whitening of corals due to expulsion or death of the protozoa’s pigment. The corals that form the structure of reef ecosystems of tropical seas depend upon a symbiotic relationship with...
resilience of ecosystems at risk
• Case study (GBR) with illustrative examples
• Sustained, logical and cohesive response
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is an ecosystem at risk that is both vulnerable and resilient to change. Natural stress and human induced modifications affect the functioning...
Decline of Coral Reefs
Thesis Statement: Caribbean waters which contains coral reefs, one of the world’s most stunning, interesting and dynamic ecosystems, is diminishing rapidly due to pollution, overfishing and climate change.
I. Pollution has greatly led to the decline in coral reefs.
Caribbean. The reefs around Barbados cover 90 sq km. The west and south coast have an almost continuous bank reef, while corals on the northeast and southeast coast are in the best condition with high diversity but low coral cover.
The Reefs at Risk analysis suggests that all the reefs around Barbados...
Ecosystems and How They Work
July 14, 2015
Coral reefs are located in tropical oceans near the
• The largest coral reef is the Great
Barrier Reef in Australia.
• The second largest coral reef can be
found off the...
then filters into the river catchments that feed the Great Barrier Reef. This water turns into mud, algae and bacteria that settle on the living coral organisms. It then smothers the animal and eventually kills it.
Climatic change: Coral can loose its colour or even die from a change in its climate such...
years, known as the rain forest of the sea coral reefs are not only breathtakingly beautiful, but they are also very important in maintaining the ocean’s biological diversity . However, due to human activity, coral reefs are now under threat.
Coral reefs are at risk everyday from global warming...
The Great Barrier Reef |
Koh Yi Shing
The world’s largest coral reef system, The Great Barrier Reef, is shrinking at an incredibly rapid rate (Environmental Threats). Over the past 27 years, it has lost approximately half of its coral (Happening to GBR). This is due to many reasons;...
Location: The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia, off the east coast of the Queensland mainland
It contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also...
Coral Identification for FKCC Students
One of the best ways to learn the names and four letter codes for corals is to go see them in their natural habitat. Yes, I know you do not get to go out on a boat enough, and when you do, there is never enough time to really take a good look around. The easiest...
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...
The Great Barrier Reef a World Heritage listed, it is the vastest stretch of coral reef in the world. This essay will provide information on how the Great Barrier Reef is being protected against global warming for our future generations. We all love going to the beach for a swim or a snorkel however...
First Paper Final Draft
Tragedy of the commons invading our environmental rights:
Case study Coral Reefs
In our world there are many resources, all of which people do not have a choice in sharing such as our air and our oceans. These resources are looked at as infinite, although...