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2010-04-03 08:29:53

An outbreak of a disease called Montipora White Syndrome (MWS) was found in Kaneohe Bay, OÊ»ahu within the last month prompting an interagency response team composed of scientists and students to document the extent, spread and potential causes of the disease. Members of the investigative team included scientists from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa's Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), USGS National Wildlife Health Center and Bishop...

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2010-02-16 12:52:24

Penn State researchers and their international collaborators have discovered a diversity of corals harboring unusual species of symbiotic algae in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea in the northeastern Indian Ocean.  "The existence of so many novel coral symbioses thriving in a place that is too warm for most corals gives us hope that coral reefs and the ecosystems they support may persist "” at least in some places "” in the face of global warming," said the team's leader,...

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2009-07-30 11:03:06

Scientists in Australia announced on Thursday that a new genome-mapping project is underway that could help the Great Barrier Reef fight off the threats of climate change and toxic farm chemicals. The geneticists said that they are working on unlocking the secrets of the colorful acropora millepora coral, which has slowed in growing the last few years.  This coral is one of the main components of the northeastern tourist attraction. "This gene-mapping project has both practical and...

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2009-06-10 11:00:00

A recent study shows that a change in climate has assisted in advancing the leveling of the complex, multi-layered construct of Caribbean coral reefs. This jeopardizes their ability to provide a buffer against tropical storms and be a nursery for fish stocks. The analysis of 500 surveys of 200 reefs, conducted between 1969 and 2008, revealed that the most complex types of coral reef had been virtually destroyed throughout the entire Caribbean. These reefs, which are characterized by table...

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2009-05-12 07:53:00

A nearly complete collection of genes for a species of reef-building coral has been assembled by a team led by biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. The scientists will use the genetic data to understand natural variations in corals from around the world and how they respond, at the genetic level, to rising water temperatures. "One of the most important questions for coral biologists is whether it will be possible for corals to adapt to the warming oceans," says Eli Meyer,...

2009-02-13 16:55:00

Discovery of shipping containers full of illegal coral in Oregon led to arrest WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gunther Wenzek, a German national, was arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., on a nine count indictment charging him with three felony counts of smuggling protected coral into the United States port of Portland, Ore., three felony counts of violating the Lacey Act and three misdemeanor charges of violating the Endangered Species Act, the Justice...

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2008-12-08 16:22:04

What began as an homage to achievement in the field of coral reef geology has evolved into the discovery of an unexpected link between corals of the Pacific and Atlantic. Dr. Ann F. Budd from the University of Iowa and Dr. Donald McNeill of the University of Miami named a new species of fossil coral found on the Island of Curaçao "“ some six million years old "“ after renowned coral reef geologist and University of Miami Rosenstiel School professor, Dr. Robert...

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2008-10-21 15:21:15

Rare corals may be smarter than we thought. Faced with a dire shortage of mates of their own kind, new research suggests they may be able to cross-breed with certain other coral species to breed themselves out of a one-way trip to extinction. This finding, released by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, has raised hopes for the ability of the world's corals to withstand the rigors of changing climates and human impacts, says lead author Zoe Richards. "Coral...

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2008-03-24 11:25:00

Over two hundred million humans depend for their subsistence on the fact that coral has an addiction to "Ëœjunk food' - and orders its partners, the symbiotic algae, to make it.This curious arrangement is one of nature's most delicate and complex partnerships "“ a collaboration now facing grave threats from climate change.The symbiosis between coral "“ a primitive animal "“ and zooxanthellae, tiny one-celled plants, is not only powerful enough to build the largest...

2007-07-03 09:17:10

By Lopez-Perez, R A Mora-Perez, M G; Leyte-Morales, G E Abstract: Over the past decades there has been an increasing awareness of community structure and dynamics in eastern Pacific coral reef systems, yet the processes producing these patterns are poorly known. We conducted a quantitative analysis of patterns of sexual and asexual recruitment through fragmentation at six localities in Huatulco, Mexico. Between January 2001 and January 2002, sexual recruitment was evaluated by using...


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Coral Reef
2013-04-20 15:49:21

Coral reefs are submerged structures consisting of calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of small animals found in marine waters that enclose few nutrients. The majority of coral reefs are constructed from stony corals, which then consist of polyps that come together in groups. The polyps are like small sea anemones, to which they are very closely related. Unlike the sea anemones, coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons which provide support and protections...

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2012-04-03 19:33:28

Chalice Corals, are a family of stony corals in the Pectiniidae family. Members of this family are mostly colonial but at least one species, Echinomorpha nishihirai, is solitary. These corals are endemic to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Pectiniids have a number of different forms but are basically streamlined and smooth. Polyps are large and brightly colored and resemble those of members of the Mussidae family of corals. The polyps are only extended at night. Tentacles are translucent,...

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2012-04-03 18:56:15

Leaf Plate Montipora, (Montipora capricornis), also known as Vase Coral, Cap Coral, or simply Montipora, is a species of stony coral found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is also found in reefs in the Red Sea. It usually inhabits the top half of the reef where photosynthesis can occur. It branches out from the foundation into an area with adequate sunlight. This species forms flat, plating colonies. The colonies expand by adding to their foundations and further spreading out....

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.