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2013-06-08 23:02:46

Changing Seas, an Emmy award-winning WPBT2 original series, premieres four exciting new episodes in primetime this June. This season viewers will explore the deep blue as never before, visiting some of our most exotic locales to date. Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 08, 2013 Changing Seas, an Emmy award-winning WPBT2 original series, premieres four exciting new episodes in primetime this June. This season viewers will explore the deep blue as never before, visiting some of our most exotic locales to...

Coral Recovery In Light Of Cyclone Yasi Shows Promise
2013-06-07 08:52:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The coral reefs on Australia´s Great Barrier Reef were devastated by Cyclone Yasi — a Category 5 Hurricane which made landfall in Queensland, Australia, on February 3, 2011. A new study from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) shows that large numbers of coral larvae replenished the reefs within nine months of the cyclone. The findings, published in PLoS ONE, provide fresh hope for the ability of...

New Genus, Species Of Coral Found In Well-Documented Region
2013-06-04 08:43:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists generally believe that they have pretty well explored the flora and fauna of the American west coast. But a new study and taxonomic assessment of the octocorals from the northeastern Pacific Ocean, published in Zookeys, proves this belief wrong, with the discovery of two new beautiful and colorful species of soft corals alongside a new genus. "It is remarkable that in a region previously thought to be as familiar and well...

2013-06-03 23:15:15

The Conservancy is highlighting the benefits of coral, mangrove, sea grass, and shellfish restoration to people and nature including reducing risk from natural disasters for coastal communities and benefits to local economies through tourism and additional fish production Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 03, 2013 The Nature Conservancy, a leader in global marine restoration, is celebrating science in action with the first annual Restoration Week on June 3rd — June 8th...

2013-06-02 23:03:11

M.K.Turner of Bookreview.com has just given The Land of Coral Seas an excellent 5 star rating. (PRWEB) June 02, 2013 Title: The Land of Coral Seas Author: Ryan OBrien Rating:    Excellent! Publisher: Ryan OBrien Publishing Reviewed by: M.K.Turner      ______________________________________ In "The Land of Coral Seas," Ryan OBrien's second book in The Land of Whoo Series, Michael Henry is once again called upon to help those in desperate need. With...

Volcanoes Responsible For Coral Reef Diversity
2013-05-22 10:25:08

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 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. If these monumental geological events play a role in coral creation, it may be even more difficult to replace any reef lost to climate change and rising sea temperatures. This study, conducted by scientists from the ARC...

Hawaiian Coral Abundance And Distribution Modeled
2013-05-22 05:12:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Hawaii say they have predicted the abundance and distribution of coral around the island state by using a computer model. The team said they found the order of coral abundance around the main Hawaiian Islands to be Porites lobata, Montipora patula, Pocillopora meandrina, Montipora capitata, Porites compressa, and Montipora flabellata. This is the first study to systematically examine the influence of...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In a study that could have implications for ocean conservation and marine-based economic activity, researchers from the Ã‰cole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have found new details surrounding the symbiotic relationship between corals and algae. "Coral reefs are the jungles of our oceans - hotspots of biodiversity that easily outcompete all other marine...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online University of Bristol researchers writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters say limiting global warming would be key to buying the coral reefs some more time. The 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 reef habitat occurring in the future. "If sea...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the South Pacific, three types of coral reef island formations have fascinated geologists for ages. The coral of Tahiti forms a “fringing” reef, with a shelf growing close to the island´s shore. In Bora Bora, the “barrier” reefs are separated from the main island by a calm lagoon. Manuae represents the last type, an “atoll,” which appears as a ring of coral enclosing a lagoon with no island at...


Latest Coral 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...

Foxface Rabbitfish, Siganus vulpinus
2013-02-17 07:58:30

Image Credit: Dr. Wayne Meadows (NOAA)/Wikipedia The foxface rabbitfish is found in coral rich lagoons, and reefs in the coastal water of the Western Pacific. Around the western Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, Caroline Islands, and the Marshall Islands. It has also been sighted around Vanuatu, Nauru, Kiribati, and recently Tonga. Adults usually swim in pairs, but the juveniles have been known to form schools. The adult foxface rabbitfish is...

Barrier Reef Anemonefish, Amphiprion akindynos
2012-05-11 12:04:43

The Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos) is native to the marine lagoons and reefs in the Western Pacific Ocean.  It lives at a depth of around eighty-two feet in temperatures fluctuating between fifty degrees Fahrenheit to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Its range includes northern New South Wales, the Loyalty Islands, Tonga, New Caledonia, Coral Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef. They are typically seen near or within the tentacles of their host anemones. They will inhabit anemones like...

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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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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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