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Video Series Show the Front Lines of Pacific Sea Level Rise Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 Pacific Islanders in Micronesia, Palau and the
The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests.
A new study claims earthquakes and volcanoes are responsible for the diverse nature of the ocean’s coral reefs. With this information, scientists are now becoming even more worried about global warming.
The mechanism underlying three unique reef formations and how they developed over evolutionary time has produced an enduring debate between two hypotheses – the first from English naturalist Charles Darwin and the second from geologist Reginald Daly. A new study has put an end to both conflicting theories.
Historical reconstruction reveals humans contributed to both degradation and recovery of coral reefs.
Unseasonal warm temperatures caused by El NiÃ±o have a profound effect on the fish populations of coral reefs in the South Pacific, scientists have found.
An Australian scientist has discovered what could be the worldâ€™s rarest coral in the remote North Pacific Ocean.
Stanford marine scientists and anthropologists are developing strategies for sustainable fishing by comparing two remote coral reef ecosystems â€“ one inhabited, the other a "no-catch" reserve.
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...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.