To start, Dr. Riegl and Dr. Purkis start off this paper with background of the experiment of what they did in this experiment out in the Persian Gulf and how this also occurring in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean reefs as well and how this can be devastating. In the introduction of the paper they state their hypothesis which is that “rising global temperatures and alterations in nutrient dynamics are predicted to further increase the frequency of coral bleaching and mortality events that have already increased dramatically since 1980s” (Riegl and Purkis, 3996). When looking at this hypothesis, the experiment seems to be a continuation of previous experiments that have shown that rising temperatures and nutrients alterations have caused events like this in the past. Now...
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... in coral reef systems and their dynamics. They are also able to find how fertile and the coral cover over the course of this four year study through the use of the LTRE and the SsD. Even though this may not tell us the whole story of the coral reef systems, it gives us a good grasp on what we should do to fix it. This article also relates to issues in the world such as global climate change which is very crucial to our survival, which we close up the hole in the ozone and layer and stop the pollution of the oceans causing mass mortality in coral reefs. Without coral reefs we would lose large amounts of aquatic biodiversity and resources, which need to be protected. This study also it relevant to class material as we have learned about the delicate coral reef systems and their interdependence on one another through competition of resources and a stable environment.
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