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Lizard Island
2014-09-19 03:00:16

A team of researchers working on a Carnegie expedition in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has documented that coral growth rates have plummeted 40 percent since the mid-1970s. The scientists suggest that ocean acidification may be playing an important role in this perilous slowdown.

Great Barrier Reef Is An Effective Wave Absorber: Study
2014-09-19 03:25:13

New research has found that the Great Barrier Reef, as a whole, is a remarkably effective wave absorber, despite large gaps between the reefs.

hard coral species Pachyseris inattesa
2014-08-19 03:30:07

The hard corals primarily responsible for the construction of coral reefs around the world have attracted the attention of taxonomists for hundreds of years.

2014-07-29 23:03:53

Corals that build reefs have few defenses against rising ocean temperatures and other effects of global climate change.

Jennifer Lopez Has New Mite Species Named After Her
2014-07-16 03:33:42

During a recent survey of organisms collected from Bajo de Sico, a mesophotic coral reef ecosystem in Mona Passage off Puerto Rico, one pontarachnid mite species new to science was discovered.

Researchers Study Biological Erosion Of Mesophotic Tropical Coral Reefs
2014-07-09 03:10:42

Researchers compare bioerosion on deeper reef systems to better understand long-term structural sustainability

How Does Algal And Coral Cover Affect Microscopic Life That Call The Reef Home?
2014-07-07 03:56:00

In a new study, an SDSU biologist dove deep into how algal and coral cover affect the microscopic life that call the reef home.

Discovery Of A Prehistoric Reef Built By First Hard-Shelled Animals
2014-06-27 11:22:17

Located on dry land in Namibia is a 550-million-year-old reef that researchers say was built by the first hard-shelled animals and is one of the oldest reefs known.

2014-06-18 10:04:17

UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Caitlin Fong travels to French Polynesia often but not for vacation.

2014-06-13 08:21:31

LANDOVER, Md., June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation announces that Riley Samels from Ohio is this year's winner of The Science without Borders®


Latest Islands Reference Libraries

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...

Australia
2013-02-18 13:27:43

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country involving the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and a number of smaller islands. It’s the world’s sixth-largest country regarding to total area. Some of the neighboring countries include East Timor, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. For at least 40,000 years before European...

Bat Ray, Myliobatis Californica
2012-12-27 16:22:15

The bat ray is part of the eagle ray family living on the sandy or muddy sea bottom, a kelp bed, and rocky shoreline, in an estuary, bay, or slough off the Pacific coast and around the Galapagos Islands. It can be found in a group or swimming alone and will sometime bury itself in the sand. The average length of the bat ray is 3.28 feet, but some have been recorded of reaching 5.9 feet. Wingspan of this species can reach 6 feet and weigh up to 200 lbs., but typically 20 - 30 lbs. is the...

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Word of the Day
meacock
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).