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2010-10-04 10:59:59

The exploration vessel Nautilus, with a team of experts of the University of Haifa's Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, headed by Prof. Zvi Ben Avraham, discovered for the first time an area of reefs with deep-sea corals in the Mediterranean, offshore of Israel. This area apparently stretches over a few kilometers, 700 meters under the surface and some 30-40 km off the coast of Tel Aviv. According to the researchers, this southeastern region of the Mediterranean has only sparse sea...

2010-09-30 17:03:29

The future of the world's coral reefs in a time of dramatic change and increasing human pressures is the focus of a major scientific symposium in Canberra, Australia,on October 7 and 8, 2010. Leading marine scientists from Australia, Britain, the USA, Israel and other countries will report on the latest findings on the state of the world's reefs and their prospects for survival in the coming decades. "Coral Reefs in a Changing Environment" celebrates more than 80 years of Australian coral...

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2010-09-23 10:05:00

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts are concerned that there could be massive coral bleaching in the Caribbean this year--perhaps on par with the bleaching that damaged over 80% of the basin region's coral five years ago, according to a new study. The NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) monitoring system has determined that the above-average temperatures in the area in 2010 mean that there is "strong potential for bleaching in the southern and southeastern Caribbean through...

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2010-09-01 09:35:00

A team of researchers from Australian and New Zealand have discovered an ancient, massive coral reef in the Pacific Ocean, making it the southernmost reef discovered to date. The ancient reef, which is an estimated 9,000 years old and well over 20-times larger than any existing modern reef, was discovered near Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, some 370-plus miles east of the Australian mainland, according to an August 31 press release published online at ScienceDaily.com. The team of...

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2010-08-25 19:37:29

Coral living off the coast of Puerto Rico may provide researchers valuable information about the potential impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.University of Central Florida biologist John Fauth, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists and non-governmental agencies are studying the threatened Elkhorn Coral in the Vega Baja area of Puerto Rico.While most of the area appears healthy, some coral are suffering from algal overgrowth and disease "“ problems similar...

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2010-08-24 10:55:39

Tiny corals face shocking losses when first they settle on reefs, making the full complexity and wonder of the mature coral reef all the more remarkable. Research by Australian and French scientists has thrown new light on coral's dangerous infancy and childhood, in the quest to better understand how coral reefs can re-establish, at a time when they face multiplying threats worldwide. A team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) at James Cook University and CRIOBE,...

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2010-08-23 12:15:00

Next month, scientists plan to monitor corals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for signs of bleaching. The reefs become stressed and expel the algae that live inside them when temperatures are warmer than usual.  This causes the corals to lose their color. Corals may die if this continues for extended periods, which could deprive fish of vital food and habitat. Monument deputy superintendent Randall Kosaki said Friday that researchers will study coral in the Papahanaumokuakea...

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2010-08-19 08:34:01

Rising ocean temperatures in waters off the northwestern coast of Indonesia are killing off coral at one of the fastest rates ever recorded, conservationists warned Wednesday, adding that the threat extends to other Asian reefs as well.The Wildlife Conservation Society sent biologists to Aceh province, on the tip of Sumatra Island, in May when waters in the Andaman Sea peaked at 93 degrees Fahrenheit -- a 7 degree rise over long-term averages.The biologists found that the coral was suffering...

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2010-08-19 07:40:00

U.S. scientists have created the first bank of frozen coral cells in order to try and preserve endangered coral species in Hawaii. The banks contain frozen sperm and embryonic cells from mushroom coral and rice coral, but researchers say they are planning to expand the cell library with other Hawaiian coral species. "Because frozen banked cells are viable, the frozen material can be thawed one, 50 or, in theory, even 1,000 years from now to restore a species or population," Mary Hagedorn, a...

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2010-08-18 09:45:09

Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding the rapid decline of our coral reefs, thanks to a breakthrough study linking coral immunity with its susceptibility to bleaching and disease. The discovery was made by Caroline Palmer, Bette Willis and John Bythell, scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (Queensland) and Newcastle University (UK). "Understanding the immune system of reef-building corals will...


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2012-04-03 20:41:16

Knotted Fan Coral, (Melithaea ochracea), is a species of colonial soft coral that is found in tree-like fans on shallow reefs in the South China Sea between Taiwan and Indonesia, including Singapore and Malaysia. In Taiwan, it is the most widespread coral in its family Gorgonacea. It is found on the higher parts of reef fronts where its numerous small polyps can feed at water flow rates varying from 1.6 to 16 inches per second. This species usually grow to about 8 inches in length, with...

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2012-04-03 20:18:21

Octopus Coral, (Galaxea fascicularis), also known as Fluorescence Grass Coral, Galaxy Coral. Star Coral, Crystal Coral, Brittle Coral and Starburst Coral, is a species of colonial stony coral commonly found on reef slopes in the Indian and Pacific ocean regions, as well as the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is most commonly found where wave action is weak, usually at a depth of 79 inches to 49 feet below sea level. It is a common coral species among reef aquarium enthusiasts. This coral...

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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 19:03:15

Siderastreidae is a family of colonial, reef building stony corals. Members of this family include symbiotic algae in their tissues which help provide their energy requirements. The World Register of Marine Species lists 7 genera within this family: Anomastraea, Coscinaraea, Craterastrea, Horastrea, Psammocora, Pseudosiderastrea, and Siderastrea. Corals in this family vary in form and include massive, thickly encrusting, columnar, and irregular forms. Corallites are linked by flowing...

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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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