Latest Human impact on coral reefs Stories
With the world’s oceans becoming choked with plastic, it's easy to see that it's probably not a good thing. And when scientists in Australia found that corals on the Great Barrier Reef readily eat micro-plastic pollution, they were concerned. The reef is already threatened by the effects of climate change, problems from land-based run-offs, fishing, and expanding coastal development.
New research led by the University of Exeter has found that species that live in and erode coral reefs will play a major role in determining the future of reefs.
Certain types of corals, invertebrates of the sea that have been on Earth for millions of years, appear to have found a way to survive some of their most destructive threats by attaching to and growing under mangrove roots.
New research highlights the role of diversity in the healthy functioning of coral reef ecosystems and shows that guard-crab species and size classes offer different kinds of effective protection against various threats to coral reefs.
Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.
Researchers compare bioerosion on deeper reef systems to better understand long-term structural sustainability
Marine scientists keen on finding patterns of coral decline and persistence in gradually warming oceans have a complex challenge: how to save reefs containing the most diversity with limited resources.
A new publication from researchers at the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton highlights the importance of nutrients for coral reef survival.
Researchers have discovered the first ever cold-water coral reef in Greenland at a depth of nearly 3,000 feet below sea-level.
A new study on coral reefs from a team of Florida and Oregon researchers has found common marine pollution doubled the rate of disease among corals and more than tripled the amount of coral bleaching, an early sign of reef stress.
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