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New research has provided insight into the basic immune response and repair mechanisms of corals to disease and changing environmental conditions.
There is an old trick for remembering the difference between stalactites and stalagmites in a cave:
Scientists reported on Monday that they have found “compelling evidence” that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has seriously impacted deep-sea corals.
Researchers are beginning their analysis of what are probably the first successful ice cores drilled to bedrock from a glacier in the eastern European Alps.
Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, second only to tropical rain forests.
A group of researchers have studied the history of drought in the Pacific Northwest during the last 6,000 years, a time that spans the mid-Holocene geological epoch to the present.
New research reveals that weather-battered northern Australia could be in for more extreme weather events.
The world's corals not only display stunning beauty and diversity â€“ they also have rhythm, man.
Scientists in Australia have found a cluster of dazzling shallow-water corals that could help with the production of possible cancer-fighting drugs and may help to understand global warming.
Glaciologists who drilled through an ice cap perched precariously on the edge of a 16,000-foot-high Indonesian mountain ridge say that the ice field could vanish within in the next few years, another victim of global climate change.
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...
Fungia scutaria is a species of mushroom coral in the family Fungiidae. It is found in the Indo-Pacific oceanic region. It occurs on upper reef slopes especially where there is considerable water movement. It is typically found on sand beds or coral fragments. It lives as a single individual rather than as a colony and is detached from the seabed. It has an elongated shape and can grow quite large. The polyp can be up to 6.7 inches long and is embedded in a cup-shaped hollow known as a...
Astrocoeniidae is a family of stony corals endemic to the waters around Papua New Guinea and northern Australia. Their habitats are steep slopes where strong currents rise from below, in crevices and below overhangs. These are reef-building colonial corals containing an algae known as zooxanthallae. These algae typically encrust corals up to 20 inches in diameter. On reef slopes, where water is more turbid (cloudy/murky), they are much smaller, only reaching 2 inches across. The World...
Alcyoniidae is a family of leathery corals that occur globally in temperate and tropical seas. These reef dwellers are often found in wave-exposed areas of reef crests, less turbid waters in lagoons, on steep slopes, under overhangs, and at depths of 100 feet and deeper. A colony of leathery coral is stiff, hard, and inflexible. It is composed of tiny polyps projecting from a shared leathery tissue. There are two kinds of polyps seen in Alcyoniidae corals: autozooids have long trunks and...
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.