Bleaching Essays

  • Coral Bleaching

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    Coral Bleaching Coral reefs are the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet. There are more than 25,000 known species of organisms and countless others that have yet to be identified (Helvarg, 2000). Reefs thrive on the shallow edge of tropical seas, most often on the eastern edge of continents along warm water currents that brush the coasts. Reefs cannot live in cold waters and are limited by ocean depth and available sunlight. Coral is the foundation of the reef community, providing a

  • Coral Bleaching Essay

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    build reefs up in size (Toller et al. 2001). Coral bleaching happens when there is a decrease of zooxanthellae involved in the symbiotic relationship with their coral host. This also causes a loss of the coral's beautiful colors that sometimes can be seen to human eye. Bleaching leads to death of coral over time. Some causes of bleaching have been tied to salinity of the ocean and sedimentation. The main reasons known to cause severe coral bleaching are climate change and radiation. These two elements

  • Causes Of Coral Bleaching

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    called thus because of the “tight resource coupling and recycling, allowing coral reefs to have extremely high productivity and biodiversity” (Coral Reef bleaching, no date). Coral Bleaching has always been a part of the natural circle of life, but only over the last forty years’ have Marine Biologist seen a rapid increase of the onset of coral bleaching. Coral reefs are severely threatened by the combination of natural causes and human activities. Natural causes include climatic events such as El Niño

  • Coral Bleaching Research Paper

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    Reef are certainly not a part of this holiday celebration. According to Terry Hughes, director of the Arc Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, sixty to eighty percent of the Great Barrier Reef has been bleached (Schiffman). But what is this bleaching? Is someone dumping Clorox into the Coral Sea off Queensland, Australia to turn the coral a decorative white? The answer is not that simple. Coral reefs are naturally clear and get their vivid colors from the zooxanthellae living inside them (Buccheim)

  • What Causes Coral Bleaching

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    theories have been proposed as to what causes coral bleaching and how serious the threat is to coral ecosystems. While literature holds many theories on coral bleaching, the continuing theme for this review is to what extent is coral bleaching a threat to coral reefs around the world and what is the main cause of coral bleaching. This review will explore the coral and algae symbiont relationship, its role in coral bleaching as well as reviewing past bleaching events and exploring potential adaptation solutions

  • Coral Bleaching: Potential Mechanisms and Observed Adaptations

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    Coral Bleaching: Potential Mechanisms and Observed Adaptations Coral reefs are the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems. Driving this diversity are cnidarian corals which are obligate mutualistic symbioses between coral animals and dinoflagellate algae of the genus symbiodinium. These algae are commonly called zooxanthellae. This symbiosis between heterotrophic hosts and photosynthetic symbionts allows coral to thrive in nutrient poor seas and deposit calcium carbonate to build reefs

  • Environmental Effects Of Coral Bleaching

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    Coral bleaching takes place when coral gets stressed, causing algae that lives on it to leave. As a result, the coral is left very weak and vulnerable. It can occur due to a variety of factors. Extremely low tides can cause it to take place, as well as prolonged exposure to UV rays, increasing ocean temperatures, and pollution. Looking back to the causes of each mass mortality event, it’s important to note the bleaching that took place over time. 2010 was when it

  • Coral Bleaching: A Result of Oceanic Temperature Extremes

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    A Colorless World: Coral Bleaching I’m sure you’ve all heard of bleaching. You bleach clothes to make them whiter, you bleach bathrooms and kitchens to disinfect them, but have you ever thought about how bleaching may occur in the ocean? There is an event that occurs in coral reef ecosystems called coral bleaching which is a result of prolonged exposure of coral to extreme temperatures in the ocean. Certain symbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) attach to coral and actually give the coral its color

  • Chlorine

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    Wilhelm in 1784, but he first thought it was a compound, rather than an element. In 1810, Sir Humphrey Davy named it Chlorine, from the Greek word meaning "greenish-yellow". Chlorine is used in bleaching agents, disinfectants, monomers (plastics), solvents, and pesticides. It is also used for bleaching paper pulp and other organic materials, preparing bromine, (a poisonous element that at room temperature is a dark, reddish-brown), tetraethyl lead, and killing germs in water, particularly in swimming

  • Are Coral Reefs in Danger?

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    types of algae. (Encarta) However, nearly 60% of coral reefs are in serious danger due to both natural and man-made causes. The leading natural cause of destruction among the coral reefs is global warming. Global warming causes the bleaching of coral reefs to occur. Bleaching is a response to stress by the coral reef that happens when the water becomes to warm. The coral then put out a brownish zooxanthelle which causes them to lose their color. Without the zooxanthelle, the corals cannot provide nourishment

  • Anthropogenic Effects on Coral Reefs

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    hard part of the ocean floor. Zooxanthellae is a photosynthetic algae which lives in the polyp and provide energy for themselves and the coral. In many cases, corals undergo “bleaching,” which is a process where corals lose the zooxantheallae or chlorophyll pigment, and turn white (Wilkinson et all). After bleaching corals can survive for several months. It is possible for corals to recover by hosting more zooxantheallae, but it can take between 5 and 50 years for them to recover completely

  • Dioxin and The Times Beach Evacuation

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    dibezodioxins or PCDDs. Their general structure is that of two chlorinated benzene rings joined by two oxygens, hence dioxin. Dioxin is not made intentionally but are usually formed as by-products in many large scale chemical processes such as paper pulp bleaching with chlorine and most significantly, the manufacture of chlorophenol chemicals. This last process is significant not only because it brought dioxin the current notoriety but it also is a chemical process used to make products that were used and

  • Coral Bleaching

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    Coral Bleaching Abstract Coral reefs have been called the rainforests of the ocean and are one of the most diverse and important ecosystems on the planet. This paper will explore how global warming has effected these fragile ecosystems. It will focus on the impact of increasing ocean temperatures on coral reefs. Coral Reefs Coral reefs exist globally from 30N to 30S latitude and have existed in some form on Earth for over 200 million years. Over 2500 species of coral have been identified

  • Effects Of Coral Bleaching

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    Introduction Climate change impacts coral reefs in a variety of ways. Coral bleaching is an increasing global phenomena that must not be undermined. The importance of coral reefs and the recognition of coral bleaching will be examined, along with the effects and impacts of climate change on coral bleaching. What are Coral Reefs? reword entire paragraph. Coral reefs are distributed in the shallow, sun lit waters of the tropics and subtropics. They capture the abundant sunlight, converting it

  • Coral Bleaching Essay

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    Preaching Against Coral Bleaching Known as paradise around the world, Hawaii is also a graveyard of coral. Covering one percent of the Earth’s surface, coral reefs are slowly decreasing as a result of bleaching. According to KITV4’s recent report about coral bleaching in Hawaii, “75 percent of the corals surveyed in Lanikai, Waimanalo, Kaneohe and Hanauma were dead or dying” (qtd. in Moser 00:35). Over twenty-five percent of innocent sea animals lose their home when the coral reef is destroyed

  • Effects On Coral Bleaching

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    Surveys of the Great Barrier Reef suggest that more than 90 percent of it has been affected by bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef, known arguably the most iconic, and well known coral reef on the planet is not immune to bleaching. Penis. The problem however is not only in the GBR, it’s stretching as far as the South Pacific to the Caribbean. With the rate of reef bleaching increasing, the toll taken on the ecosystem will increase as well as many fish who rely on getting food at reefs will have to

  • Coral Bleaching Essay

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    Candidate # Centre # US156 Syllabus code 8291 Component 3 Environmental Management Coral bleaching happens when the coral is stressed due to the changes in its environmental conditions for example, nutrients, temperature, or light. They then get rid of the symbiotic algae that resides in their body’s tissues, turning them completely white and making them vulnerable to outside threats. Events of coral bleaching are mainly due to warm water temperatures; when the corals environment becomes too warm

  • Skin Bleaching Essay

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    Literature Review Problem: Bleaching the skin using dangerous chemicals such as hydroquinone. These products have been banned because they are very bad for the skin. Their side effects are none that one may wish for. Solution: We will create skin bleaching products made from natural products such as lemon. These products will not have extra acids added to them meaning they are pure for the skin. The first product will consist of pimple preventing products such as lemon. This product will eliminate

  • Negative Effects Of Coral Bleaching

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    Coral bleaching can be caused when coral is stressed by many things including pollution, overexposure to sunlight and extreme low tides however, it primarily occurs when corals are stressed due to unusually high sea temperatures (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2015). Unusually high temperatures cause coral 's colourful, symbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) to separate from the coral leaving it to appear white (De 'ath, Fabricius, Sweatman & Puotinen, 2012; Baker, Glynn & Riegl, 2008)

  • Great Barrier Reef Persuasive Speech

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    tropical storms and wave action, it is also home to more than 11,ooo marine life. It is one of the world’s largest coral reefs, so large in fact that you can see if from space. And the biggest threat to the great barrier reef, is coral bleaching. Coral bleaching is when the tiny algae that lives in the coral which causes it to be bright and colourful, gets so stressed out when the water temperature exceeds the limit that it can handle, which then makes the algae