An overview on coral reef diseases
By: Paula S. Thompson
Coral reef diseases usually occur in response to stresses such as bacteria, viruses, increased water temperatures, Ultra-violet (UV) radiation, and pollutants; one type of stress may weaken the coral, leaving it vulnerable to another. The frequency of coral diseases has increased recently, due in much...
By: Paula S. Thompson
As with most anything of beauty found in nature, coral reefs face a number of threats, many of which are borne of human activity, but also a number which are naturally occurring. Anthropogenic, or human-caused, activities may be the greatest threat to coral reefs. These...
The reason why coral reefs are being depleted in southeast Asia
By: Frances Stanford
According to the World Resources Institute, coral reefs make up less than one percent of the marine environment on the planet, yet they are home to more than 25% of all the marine species in the world. Thousands of species of marine vertebrates and invertebrates...
How do coral reefs form?
By: Paula S. Thompson
Coral reefs are some of the most impressive natural wonders on our planet. Throughout the world, they are estimated to cover over 284,000 square kilometers, mostly in the Indo-Pacific region. They are produced by living organisms, and provide habitat for a wide variety of...
Ways that fringing reefs develop
By: Frances Stanford
As coral reefs go through their various stages of development, they form three kinds of reefs. The first of these to develop are the fringing reefs, which are directly offshore in tropical waters. As the first stage of growth, this type of reef develops quite...
What is coral bleaching?
By: Frances Stanford
Coral reefs occur around the shores of tropical islands and continents where the waters are shallow and poor in the supply of nutrients. They are composed mainly of the calcium carbonate that results from both living and dead corals, which results in a very diverse...
By: Paula S. Thompson
60 meters below the surface of the Coral Sea, off the east coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef expands over 133,000 square miles (over 344,000 square kilometers). Composed of over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is...
Animals of the Great Barrier Reef
By: Tom Stewart
The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia is home to tens of thousands of unique and interesting living creatures. It is home to an estimated 1500 species of fish, over 300 different types of corals, more than 500 species of seaweed and aquatic...
Animals of the Great Barrier Reef
By: Melody Landeros
The grand masters of art would be challenged to capture the cornucopia of color, shape, size and dimension of the animals that reside in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The warm sun kissed waters are home to the symbiotic creatures the coral polyps...
By: Michelle Greysen
Ocean Acidification is having a devestating impact on the world's coral reefs suffering from this altering of the alkaline and salinity levels in the ocean, causing a weakening and often fatal affect on the reefs. These important world ocean sites are home to over...

 

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