Coral Reefs Current Events
March 7, 2013 | AP @ google.com
As coral colonies in many parts of the world are suffering from warm water, pollution and human activity a few conservationists are working to reestablish by “planting” fast-growing species.
February: Most Popular News Items|
March 1, 2013 | Geology.com
The India-Asia Collision (MIT News)
Earth Flyby Reality Check (NASA)
68,000-Year Record of Greenhouse Gases (NSF)
Meteoroid Explodes Over Russia – Hundreds Injured (CNN)
What is Killing the Coral? (NSF)
Underwater Logging (Takepart.com)
Ancient Eruptions and Global Warming (Climate Central)
What is Killing the Coral?|
February 15, 2013 | National Science Foundation
Elkhorn coral and 65 other species of reef-building corals were recently proposed for “endangered species” designation. Researchers are working to understand why these corals are disappearing from the Florida Keys and other locations.
Artificial Reef in the Florida Keys|
May 17, 2012 | Washington Post
Ten years ago a retired navy ship was converted into an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. An unexpected benefit of the reef is millions of tourist dollars per year from scuba divers.
The Rate of Ocean Acidification|
March 14, 2012 | National Science Foundation
“The oceans act like a sponge to draw down excess carbon dioxide from the air. The gas reacts with seawater to form carbonic acid, which over time is neutralized by fossil carbonate shells on the seafloor. If too much carbon dioxide enters the ocean too quickly, it can deplete the carbonate ions that corals, mollusks and some plankton need for reef and shell-building.” Quote from the National Science Foundation press release.
Deep Sea Corals|
March 1, 2012 | NOAA
“Deep-sea corals can live for hundreds or thousands of years, creating complex communities at ocean depths where the light is dim down to more than 10,000 feet deep.” Quoted from the NOAA website.
Heat and Cold Damage Coral in Different Ways|
February 9, 2012 | UC San Diego
“Around the world coral reefs are facing threats brought by climate change and dramatic shifts in sea temperatures. While warming has been the primary focus for scientists and ocean policy managers, cold can also cause significant damage.” Quoted from the NSF press release.
Coral Reef Disease in Hawaii|
January 17, 2012 | USGS
“Scientists have discovered an outbreak of coral disease called Montipora White Syndrome in Kāneʿohe Bay, Oʿahu. The affected coral are of the species Montipora capitata, also known as rice coral. Rice corals provide valuable habitat, shelter, and foraging grounds for a variety of tropical marine fish and invertebrates and provide the fundamental structure of coral reefs.” Quote from the USGS press release.
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