Coral Reef

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  • Coral Reefs

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    teeming with life that we use as sources of food and other resources. The roots of our oceans are the coral reefs of the world. They produce the first stages of life that begins the food chain. Coral reefs have kept the ocean alive and able to produce our food because it has been left relatively unharmed, however recently, humans have posed a threat to the very corals and micro-algae that exist in reefs around the world. Our CO2 admissions have been causing a hole in our ozone and atmosphere like many

  • Coral Reefs

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    Coral Reefs Coral reefs are arguably the world’s most beautiful habitats. Coral reefs have been called the rainforests of the oceans, because of the rich diversity of life they support. Scientists have not yet finished counting the thousands of different species of plants and animals that use or live in the coral reef. There are three types of coral reefs: fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls. Fringing reefs are located close to shore, separated from land by only shallow water. Barrier reefs

  • The Coral Reefs

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    The Coral Reefs Can we save “Tropical Rain Forests of the Ocean”? Anyone who’s ever scuba dived at a coral reef and seen the perfect handprint of dead coral can appreciate how fragile and delicate this ecosystem is. Coral reefs are not just rock, like some people believe, but are an animal. Corals are a type of animal called a polyp, the simplest of predators that eat meat in the form of drifting zooplankton…all corals have boarders, zillions of microscopic, one-celled plants called zooxanthellae

  • Coral Reefs

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    Coral reefs have been undergoing global degradation due to increasing natural and anthropogenic impacts for at least the last half-century. The intensity and frequency of stressors, including global climate change, have rapidly increased in number over recent years (Hughes & Connell 1999; Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2007; Pandolfi et al. 2011). Frequent disturbances such as hurricanes/cyclones, predation outbreaks, diseases and mass bleaching events eat-away at the percent of living coral cover and without

  • Coral Reefs

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    Coral Reefs 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. Coral reefs are the homes of many species including crabs, shrimp, oysters, and clams, foods eaten by humans on a daily basis. Coral reefs are among the most diverse and biologically complex ecosystems on earth, supporting 33%

  • coral reefs

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    Coral reefs are in short terms underwater structure made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs begin to form when free-swimming coral larvae attach to submerged rocks or other hard surfaces along the edges of islands or continents. This larvae are polyps that produce calcium carbonate, which turns into a hard exoskeleton that provides protection and support for the polyp's body. As a polyp grows it continues to secrete calcium carbonate, this results in that the reef keeps growing

  • Coral Reefs

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    Research Paper on Coral Reefs and their Habitat Uploaded by Buster57 on Dec 21, 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Coral Reefs Coral reefs are complex and diverse habitat. They are perhaps on of the most interesting and colorful ecosystems to be found in the marine environment. They are very unique in many ways. Coral reefs play many important poles in the marine world. They must have certain conditions to be formed, and to survive. Lots of different

  • The Coral Reefs

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    There are many diverse plant communities in south Florida, but some of the most enigmatic plant communities are found underwater. The coral reefs are a landscape that many people have not had much contact with. Much like how only the elite, travelling, or industrial entities have a view from the ocean, the coral reefs are only viewed by the adventurous or lucky few that can reach their subterranean habitat. But just because they are not seen from the surface does not mean they should be hard to

  • Coral Reefs

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    Coral Reefs A coral reef is an underwater ecosystem. They are the largest animal-made structures in the world. Coral reefs occur in mainly nutrient-deficient waters in tropical regions, which have warm waters of about 18-30°C. A coral is a living organism because it consumes food, excretes, breathes and reproduces. The coral has a white skeleton made up of limestone rock, which also helps to keep it rigid. Reef-building corals are brightly coloured organisms built by small animals called

  • coral reef

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    CORAL REEFS Almost every one of us have heard and most of you have seen the Coral reefs but did you know what actually these are: As a mariner its important to know about the marine life, that was one reason I have chosen this topic for my today’s short presentation. GM, my scheme of presentation will be as flashed: DEFINATION OF CORAL REEF DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CORAL AND CORAL POLYP WHERE WE CAN FIND CORAL CONSTRUCTION OF CORAL REEFS CONDITIONS FOR GROWTH OF CORAL REEFS TYPES OF CORAL REEFS THREAT