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Sharks More Prevalent In Protected Areas, Study Claims
2012-03-10 06:22:33

Using data collected from over 200 baited remote underwater video (BRUV) cameras, scientists have discovered that Caribbean reef sharks are more abundant in marine reserves than in areas where fishing is allowed. The BRUV cameras, affectionately dubbed "chum cams," were placed both inside and outside aquatic reserve areas on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea by researchers from the Stony Brook University Institute for Ocean Conservation Science. Their goal was to test a...

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2009-07-22 07:05:00

A new study shows that bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates more quickly when they have clean water and plentiful sea life at their side The new research study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests that by improving overall ocean health, corals are better able to recover from bleaching events, which occur when rising sea temperatures force corals to expel their symbiotic algae, known as zooxanthellae. Coral bleaching is a phenomenon...

2009-06-30 11:46:57

The World Heritage Committee has added the Belize barrier reef system and Los Katios National Park to its list of world heritage sites that are in danger. Composed of seven protected areas, many small mangrove islands and coastal lagoons, the Belize Barrier Reef System is home to a number of threatened species, including marine turtles and the American crocodile, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said. The IUCN and the World Heritage Committee, part of the United Nations...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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