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New Island Formation In The Maldives Should Not Be Restricted By Future Sea Level Rise
2013-09-26 12:23:48

University of Exeter The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. Islands like the Maldives are considered likely to be the first to feel the effects of climate change induced sea level rise, with future island growth essential to counter the threat of rising sea levels. The study published in the journal Geology, and carried out by researchers from the...

Coral Decline Affects Crustacean Biodiversity
2013-09-23 15:48:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With many scientists expecting climate change to have a devastating effect on the world’s coral reefs over the coming century, new research from the University of Florida indicates that crustacean populations living near rapidly declining reef habitats could be at risk. Appearing in the November issue of the journal Geology, the new study is based on an analysis of the fossil record surrounding decapod crustaceans, a group that...

Sharks Linked To Coral Health
2013-09-19 09:53:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sharks play an important role in the food web of a marine ecosystem and a study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE has found that overfishing of these predators can have a disruptive effect on coral reefs. "Where shark numbers are reduced due to commercial fishing, there is also a decrease in the herbivorous fishes which play a key role in promoting reef health," said study author Jonathan Ruppert, a marine ecologist with the...

2013-09-13 08:22:04

The worst impacts of climate change on the world's poorest fishing communities can likely be avoided by careful management of the local environment and investing in the diversification of options for local people, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University. Climate change is already putting pressure on fishers who depend on nature for their livelihoods. In a new study, scientists found large differences in the potential to adapt based on the local mixture of...

2013-09-09 16:20:16

TETIAROA, French Polynesia, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brando, a unique resort and model of sustainable technology, located on the private island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, and a product of the late Marlon Brando's vision, is proud to announce the launch of its official website at www.thebrando.com. The website debut is the latest advancement for The Brando, the one-of-a-kind resort located on Tetiaroa, an atoll composed of 12-islets surrounded by the blue expanse of the...

Shocking Reefs Back To Life
2013-09-02 10:56:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Major weather events can shock an ecosystem, but they are also part of Earth’s natural cycle, and many species are adept at recovering from an environmental shake up. New research from a joint team of Australian and Swedish researchers has shown that ecosystem shocks caused by changing climate or seasons could play a key role in bringing back some of the world’s badly degraded coral reefs, according to a new report in the journal...

Coral Reef Biodiversity More Important To Divers Than Fish Abundance
2013-08-20 15:31:55

[WATCH VIDEO: Tamar Artificial Reef Now Teeming With Life] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With ecotourism on the rise, determining what elements of a nature-based attraction are most appealing can have significant consequences financially and for raising awareness of conservation issues. In a new study of the Negev from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel, researchers found that divers were able to differentiate between an artificial reef’s biodiversity and...

2013-08-07 08:23:52

National Survey Reveals Three-In-Four Consumers Prefer Pet Fish Raised in an Aquarium Environment SAN DIEGO and WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Defenders of Wildlife, a widely respected nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities, and Petco Animal Supplies, a leading U.S.-based pet specialty retailer, today announced a collaboration agreement to improve efforts to conserve and protect the world's coral...

New Coral Reef Species Discovered In The Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
2013-07-26 11:29:44

Pensoft Publishers The new species Echinophyllia tarae is described from the remote and poorly studied Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. Although the new species is common in the lagoon of Gambier Islands, its occurrence elsewhere is unknown. Echinophyllia tarae lives in protected reef habitats and was observed between 5 and 20 m depth. It is a zooxanthellate species which commonly grows on dead coral fragments, which are also covered by crustose coralline algae and fleshy macroalgae....

2013-07-23 23:26:46

Professional substance abuse support for men, women and adolescents will be available in Bay Harbor Islands, which is located in South Florida. Recovery Associates’ multiple treatment tracks will be available for all people who are looking to continue their recovery. WEST PALM BEACH, FL (PRWEB) July 23, 2013 Whether drugs or alcohol - or both - have been a problem, it's good to know that there is a solution for substance abuse problems. Recovery Associates offers may opportunities...


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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