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Latest Coral reefs Stories

Symbiotic Algae Helps Coral Store Nitrogen
2013-05-14 15:48:48

Researchers in Switzerland have found new details surrounding the symbiotic relationship between corals and algae.

Lower Ocean Temperatures Key To Saving Coral Reefs
2013-05-14 14:27:34

In a new study, researchers found restricting greenhouse warming to just 50-100 parts per million (ppm) carbon dioxide, or approximately half the increase since the Industrial Revolution, would avoid large-scale reductions in coral reef habitat occurring in the future.

New Study On Coral Reef Formations Lays To Rest Conflicting Theories
2013-05-14 07:53:01

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.

Coral Reefs Still In Danger But Demise Not Inevitable
2013-05-10 10:20:05

Although scientists agree that coral reefs are in danger, a new study shows that the collapse of such reefs can still be avoided with a combination of local and global action.

2013-05-04 23:03:44

Coral reefs support around half a billion people, but are severely threatened; the Coralbots team plan to revolutionize how such threats are tackled, by using teams of autonomous underwater robots.

Coral Bleaching Study Explains Different Responses To Climate Change
2013-04-24 12:24:35

As a changing climate threatens to bleach the corals of the world’s oceans on a massive scale, a team of researchers has discovered why some corals respond differently to bleaching than others.

Israeli Scientists Discover Why Soft Corals Pulsate
2013-04-23 14:17:24

Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered why Heteroxenia corals pulsate.

Coral Reefs Also Under Threat From Air Pollution
2013-04-08 04:30:56

Fine particles in the air resulting from burning coal or volcanic eruptions can negatively affect coral growth, a team of climate scientists and coral ecologists from the UK, Australia and Panama has discovered.

Sustainable Fishing Practices Reap Local Rewards
2013-03-28 16:28:27

Communities that act locally to limit their fish catches will reap the rewards of their action, as will their neighbors.


Latest Coral reefs Reference Libraries

Crown Of Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster planci
2013-11-11 10:54:41

The crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that extends from the Red Sea to the African coasts in the east and from the Indian Ocean to the western coasts of Central America. It prefers a habitat in coral reefs, which can be harmed if population numbers are too high. Damage occurs when filamentous algae covers bare skeletons of coral and the starfish move in to feed, stripping...

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 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 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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2012-04-03 17:35:45

Nephtheidae is a family of soft corals known as carnation corals, tree corals or colt soft corals. These corals are very striking and show a wide range of rich colors including red, pink, yellow and purple. These corals are mainly tree-like in that they branch out and have little knobs on the end of their rubbery branches. Another name given these animals are broccoli corals, due to the fact that their polyps retract in the daytime, giving them the resemblance of the vegetable. The polyps...

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